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  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

You should all be aware that the National Lottery Heritage Fund has approved an extension to the Scheme which allows us a final summer of activity with projects drawing to a close in the autumn. This means that you will remain on our mailing list for a little longer that originally anticipated so do check out our updated privacy policy linked and referenced in the 'Westmorland Dales Scheme Extension' item featured later in the newsletter. Although we’re starting to think about our legacy there’s still plenty to enjoy and be involved with over the coming months.

Our Landscape Forum this year will be taking place on Saturday 22nd April in Maulds Meaburn, a fascinating village in the Lyvennet valley to the north of Crosby Ravensworth. The programme has now been finalised so do have a look and book a place via the website. It will be great to see as many of you there as possible. One of the key themes of the day will be farming, its importance to understanding the heritage of the area and the challenges it faces today. It will also be the feature of Our Common Heritage Exhibition, which is being held at Shap a little later in the spring, and we have a whole series of events on the theme of wool. Later in the year we’ve planned a volunteer get-together for 11th July and our Final Celebration event will be held at Shap Wells Hotel on Thursday 7th September. Put it in your diary and keep an eye on the website for details, as well as other upcoming events; we have a few spaces available on some, plenty of spaces on others.

Our series of winter webinars has now come to an end featuring our Riverine Species Monitoring, Small-scale Heritage Features and Digging the Past projects. All are available online and we hope to have a final series of webinars in the autumn. Over the last few months we’ve said goodbye to James, James, Libby and Sam, our final group of four apprentices, and to Rebekah, our cultural heritage trainee. They’ve been brilliant ambassadors for the Scheme. Their final project, the construction of the new footpath at Tebay, has now been officially opened and is already being well used. There’s plenty more work planned over the spring and summer with conservation works on the Lime kilns at Smardale and river restoration works at Bowber Head.

And finally I’ve learned a new word – see if you can spot it too in the newsletter. I did have to ask for an explanation. There’s always something new to learn!

David Evans, Scheme Manager
March 2023

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