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Gamelands Stone Circle Stone Circle near Orton, Westmorland Dales

A7 – Landscape, geology & cultural heritage

Deliver co-ordinated programmes of activity that enhance the distinctive landscape, geology and cultural heritage of the ‘Ingleborough Dales’ (by 2020) and the ‘Westmorland Dales’ (by 2023).


How the local partners are doing on this objective

Progress: The [£2.6 million] Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme was completed in February 2024.  The scheme was led by Friends of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and mainly funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  Over a five-year period, the scheme funded a range of local projects to unlock the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, including archaeological surveys, restoration of heritage features, geological conservation, habitat restoration and natural flood management.  Full details of all the projects can be found on the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership website and summary report.


    Rationale: The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Landscape Partnership Programme funds local partnerships that aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character, improve their management and help people connect with them.  A Landscape Partnership scheme is made up of many small projects, often grouped under themes, within a defined landscape character area.  These individual projects are brought together in a way that achieves a long-term legacy for the area.

    Lead partnersYorkshire Dales Millennium Trust; Friends of the Lake District

    Supporting partnersNatural England; Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; Woodland Trust, Tarmac; HansonCumbria Geoconservation; Eden Rivers Trust; Cumbria Farm Environment Partnership; the Farmer Network; Lunesdale Archaeology Society; Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

    Further information:  Ingleborough Dales; Westmorland Dales

    Cost over 5 years:  £4,500,000

    Funding shortfall:   None.

    Related objectives: A3; A4; A5; A6; A9; B2; B4; B7; B9; C1; C2; D1; D2; D5; E3; E7; F6

    Ecosystem services: Sense of place and inspiration; Sense of history; Recreation; Biodiversity; Geodiversity

    Trade-offs:   Some activities could potentially conflict (e.g. woodland creation vs managing archaeological features).  In practice, all programmes are carefully assessed and managed to ensure that activity does not conflict with other conservation objectives.

    Baseline: March 2018: Ingleborough Dales in year 2 of 4 year programme. Westmorland Dales bid about to be submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund.