Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership


The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme finished in early 2024 with projects successfully delivered by a wide range of project partners, community groups and individuals. 
Over the coming months, we’ll be updating this site to highlight what’s been achieved, so please keep checking back.

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 to the north of the Howgill Fells and located 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

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme was created to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales and to enable more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from its inspirational landscape. Now in its last year of operation, it holds its final ‘Landscape Forum’ event at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute on Saturday 22nd April from 10am to 4pm.

Anyone with an interest is invited to attend for an update on the successes of the Scheme in revealing the area’s hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, an insight into the local area, and a look to the future beyond the Scheme which draws to a close in autumn 2023.

A series of talks takes place in the morning followed by a light buffet lunch with options for walks in the afternoon in and around Maulds Meaburn and Crosby Ravensworth. Speakers include June Hill on some of the buildings of historical interest in the village, Drew Woodward on the work of the Crosby Ravensworth Parish Tree Group and Lev Dahl on the flood management work done at Crake Trees. 

David Evans, Scheme Manager said: 

“Maulds Meaburn is a wonderful location for our final landscape forum. It’s a fascinating village with a fine village green and many buildings of historical interest. It’s also a good example of similar villages in the wider Westmorland Dales area, many of which reflect a medieval layout. The day will be an opportunity to learn more about the village and the Westmorland Dales, and to celebrate the successes of the Scheme overall.

“It has been a privilege for all of us to work in this wonderful area with so many supportive and enthusiastic partners. We do hope that as many people as possible can join us on the day to share in our successes and learn about the legacy that will live on when the Scheme draws to a close later this year.”

A full programme of the day’s events and booking options for attending the Forum are available here>

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Thanks to National Lottery players it has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Fund. For more information about the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme, visit: www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk