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

Every year, hundreds of people of all ages and from all walks of life, generously give their time to work together to make the Yorkshire Dales National Park the brilliant place it is. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in looking after the National Park. It is also a great way of helping others to understand and enjoy why it is so special! 

Volunteering activities

Our volunteers get involved with a wide range of activities across the Park, its not just footpaths and stiles; we have volunteers at the Dales Countryside Museum, within our Learning and Engagement Team, helping with events, monitoring trees and woodlands, in our wildlife team and much more.

Ways to volunteer

There are a number of ways to volunteer with us:

Dales Volunteers: These are our regular, trained volunteers who are usually with us on a medium to long term basis who provide the majority of the our voluntary support all year round.  We currently have over 250 Dales Volunteers doing a wide a variety of roles, typically they have a minimum day requirement and training is required.

Project or one off volunteers:  The Authority leads on and is partner in a wide variety of projects which often appeal to people who have an interest in the specific subject or can volunteer for a limited period of time.

Work Placements: We offer a limited number of work placements to students in higher education or people looking to gain work experience. Opportunities will vary depending on the needs of the Authority and the experience of the individual, requests are considered on a case by case basis.

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