Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

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

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The project will involve the designation and conservation of key geological sites throughout the Westmorland Dales, the interpretation of its geology through a range of media, and engagement with schools and the wider public.

Project Lead: Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Delivery Team

The Yorkshire Dale National Park is largely founded on its distinctive geology and the impact this has had on the landscape, wildlife and human settlement of the area. The extension of the  National Park north-westwards further into Cumbria in August 2016 included the Westmorland Dales, an additional area of largely limestone landscape within its boundaries. Although some of the sites within this area were already known for their geology, the area's geology in other ways was overlooked.

This project will help to redress this imbalance. It has already started with the production of an excellent report on the geology of the Westmorland Dales and will deliver a number of additional key elements over the four duration of the scheme:

  • Designate a further 11 new Local Geological Sites (LGS) to add to the existing 7 and produce a simple factsheet for each of them; clear and improve access to 6 of these sites using volunteers and apprentices
  • Interpret the geology of the area through a range of media including geo-trail leaflets, a geology booklet, interpretation boards, videos and drone footage, and a dedicated Westmorland Dales section on the new Dales Rocks website
  • Engage local people, school children and visitors through walks, training events, earth-caching and through the development of an interactive geological model
  • Raise the profile of quarries, both in protecting them from inappropriate infilling and maintaining their operation as a source of local stone

The project will be led by the Westmorland Dales team working very closely with Cumbria Geoconservation, a geological consultant, volunteers, apprentices and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.