The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme commences in spring 2019 and will run for 4 years. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, 21 projects will now be delivered by a partnership of organisations over 3 broad programmes of work relating to natural and cultural heritage and what connects them.

The projects are designed to reveal, conserve and celebrate the rich geology, wildlife, cultural heritage and spectacular limestone landscapes of the Westmorland Dales. The area lies to the north of the Howgill Fells in Cumbria, extending over 200 sq km from Maulds Meaburn in the north to Tebay in the south-west and Ravenstonedale in the south-east.

This remote and beautiful pastoral landscape has a unique mix of habitats and remarkably intact pattern of historical settlements and features. It boasts 79 Scheduled Monuments, 19 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and two National Nature Reserves. However, it has been largely ’hidden’ for the last 70 years, tucked away between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Our Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP) sets out the purpose of the scheme and the details of the projects that we will be delivering. It can be viewed at this link

The total value of the scheme is estimated at £3.45m, with £2.27m from HLF and £1.18m match funding in cash and volunteer time. The scheme will be delivered through a broad partnership of organisations working closely with communities in the area. Friends of the Lake District will continue to be the lead partner with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority as the accountable body.

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