Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme ran from March 2019 to February 2024. Its vision was to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. 

Download the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme Summary Report for an overview of the Scheme's successes.


Welcome …

… to the Westmorland Dales website.

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aimed to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Specifically, its objectives were to:

  • Reveal the area’s hidden heritage.
  • Conserve what makes the area special.
  • Engage people in enjoying and benefitting from their heritage.
  • Sustain the benefits of the scheme in the long-term.

This was achieved through a programme of projects developed and delivered through the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Friends of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and mainly funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It ran over a five-year period from March 2019 to February 2024.

Here you can discover what makes the area so special, find out about the scheme’s projects, and view and download resources produced.

The Westmorland Dales

The Westmorland Dales is a beautiful area of Cumbria lying  north of the Howgill Fells and within the north-west corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It stretches from Tebay in the south-west to Kirkby Stephen in the east and to Maulds Meaburn in the north-west. At its heart are the limestone fells above Orton and Asby, rich in natural and cultural heritage, and with magnificent views to the Pennines, the Howgills and the Lakeland fells. It drains into the Lune river catchment to the south and the Eden river catchment to the north. Relatively overlooked compared with its better-known neighbours, our projects have aimed to reveal its heritage for more to enjoy without detracting from its unique qualities. (Click on map for larger image)

Contact information

Friends of the Lake District
Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7SS
Main Telephone:  01539 720788
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Yoredale, Bainbridge, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3EL
Main Telephone:  01969 652300

An award of £4,712.90 from a ‘Love Your Landscape’ grant scheme has been made to Asby Parish Council in support of conservation works at a listed well house in the parish.

‘Love Your Landscape’ grants are awarded by the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme. Funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it aims to engage people in revealing, conserving, enjoying and sustaining the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales. 

The project has been undertaken in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA). A further £4,712.90 was contributed to the project from their Buildings at Risk fund.

Peter Reynolds, Senior Listed Buildings Officer, YDNPA,

“The grade II* listed Well House at Grange Hall, Asby was classed on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Buildings At Risk Register as being in “vulnerable” condition, primarily due to recent damage to and movement of its Medieval stonework. This was considered by the Authority to be a high priority case, due to the age and historical significance of the Well House and its rapidly worsening condition. Works were carried out to carefully repair and partially rebuild some of the failed masonry, repoint with traditional lime mortar, and clear vegetation and soil from within the well house enclosure. Those repairs have now been completed to a high standard, and consequently the Well House has been taken off the Buildings At Risk Register, and this highly significant structure will continue to make a positive contribution towards the historic environment of the National Park well into the future.”

The well house structure is medieval in date, and is constructed from coursed, squared blocks. The spring rises through a square opening in the floor. The roof is constructed of large, bevelled stones in two courses, with single stones closing each course at the gables. [Bevelling reduces the edge of the stone “tile” to a sloping edge.] There is a monolithic stone [a single large piece of rock] with cruciform moulding on the ridge. It is orientated east-west with the entrance to the west and a small opening for light in the east wall.

Keith Cooper, Secretary, Asby History Group,

“Delighted to see the involvement of Asby Parish Council in a project to protect an important structure in a many-layered landscape, which is of historical and archaeological significance. One of these layers was the creation, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, of a grange – a monastic farm – belonging to the Cistercian Abbey of Byland, in North Yorkshire. Grange Hall, and the neighbouring Asby Grange, mark where buildings of this monastic farm, including the Well House, once stood.”

The conservation works were carried out by UK Restoration Services.  A protecting post and rail fence, constructed by Ian Oldcorn of Great Asby, has gated access to allow users of the adjacent public footpath to easily view the Well House.

David Evans, Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme Manager,

“We’re delighted to be able to offer financial support to this project. Our ‘Love Your Landscape’ grant fund was created to support communities just like this who share our passion for the rich heritage and unique landscape of the Westmorland Dales.” 

More information about the ‘Love Your Landscape’ grants programme can be found here> 

Banner image by © Rosie Collin