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Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership scheme awarded a National Lottery grant of £2.27 million

Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership scheme awarded a National Lottery grant of £2.27 million

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme in which Eden Tourism, Eden District Council’s tourism team is a partner, Westmorland Dales Heritage Lottery Fund logoshas been awarded a National Lottery grant of £2.27 million. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, 21 projects will be delivered by a partnership of organisations over a four year period. These will aim 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 Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Commenting on the award, Carl Lis, chairman, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said, “Following the recent designation of the Westmorland Dales as part of the National Park, this wonderful news gives us the opportunity to create a strong foundation for its future.  The injection of resources will help us reveal and conserve the area’s rich natural and cultural heritage; and promote the understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities, its tranquil and unspoilt character, and its unique heritage.

“At the heart of our efforts will be a focus on what is distinctive about the Westmorland Dales, using this to bring benefits that will help sustain the local economy in the coming years.”

David Evans, development officer at Friends of the Lake District who are acting as lead body on behalf of the Partnership said,
“We can’t wait to get started on the delivery of the scheme. We’ve worked with volunteers, community organisations, interest groups, farmers, landowners and businesses throughout the planning phase to help shape the projects. Now we look forward to working with these groups again to deliver a fantastic range of projects which will bring long-term benefits for the area’s unique heritage, and those who live in, work in and visit the area. A big thankyou to  everyone who has contributed to the scheme to date, not least the National Lottery players who have made this funding possible.”

Sally Hemsley, Eden District Council’s Joint Tourism Manager said” We are delighted to be a partner in this scheme and look forward to working together to help deliver this great project. It will help visitors to enjoy and understand this special landscape through improved interpretation and sustainable activities such as walking and cycling. Eden Tourism will be leading on the tourism business support elements of the scheme”.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of Heritage Lottery Fund, said, “Thanks to the money raised by the National Lottery, we have an opportunity to reveal what makes the Westmorland Dales such a special place. This scheme will help to reveal the cultural and natural influences that have shaped the landscape and will provide opportunities for communities, visitors and volunteers to celebrate and share this remarkable story.”

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.

The 2019 Eden visitor guide is now available

The 2019 Eden visitor guide is now available

The brand new 2019 Eden visitor guide is now available - perfect for planning your trip to Eden!

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Tobacco jar dated 1897 given to Penrith and Eden Museum

Tobacco jar dated 1897 given to Penrith and Eden Museum

A tobacco jar which appears to have been made at the Wetheriggs pottery in the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 has recently been given to Penrith and Eden Museum.

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Brand new Visit Eden promotional video

Brand new Visit Eden promotional video

We have recently produced a brand new destination video showcasing just some of what Eden has to offer. 

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Free Parking in Penrith and Appleby on Saturdays during run up to Christmas

Free Parking in Penrith and Appleby on Saturdays during run up to Christmas

Shoppers and visitors to towns in Eden got an early Christmas gift this week, with the announcement by Eden District Council that they are offering free parking on Saturdays, in their off-street car parks during the run up to Christmas. This initiative supports the economic viability of local towns during the busy festive period.

The free parking will be available all day on the following Saturdays during December 2018: 

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All aboard for Charity Christmas card sales at Eden Tourist Information Centres

All aboard for Charity Christmas card sales at Eden Tourist Information Centres

Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas found themselves transported back in time this week when they boarded a 1955 Leyland double decker bus to help deliver hundreds of Christmas cards and gifts to homes around Eden and the North Pennines.

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Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme: Workshop for Tourism Businesses

Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme: Workshop for Tourism Businesses

We're delighted to be involved with the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme project and upcoming workshop for Tourism Businesses on Tuesday 27th November 2018 11am to 3pm at The Heather Glen Country House, Ainstable Carlisle CA4 9QQ.

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Summit addresses future challenges and opportunities for Eden’s visitor economy

Summit addresses future challenges and opportunities for Eden’s visitor economy

Eden’s Tourism Businesses embraced the challenges and opportunities facing a developing first class visitor destination at the seventh annual Eden Tourism Summit held at the Shap Wells Hotel on Wednesday 17 October 2018. The event also premiered the brand new Visit Eden promotional video which businesses will also be able to feature on their websites. 

Lord Thurso, Chairman of Visit Scotland, who opened the morning presentation session said: “I’ve very much enjoyed the Eden Tourism Summit and the opportunity to meet so many businesses across the tourism network. The destination has a fantastic offering showing continuing development and innovative ways of attracting visitors.” 

The one day event organised by Eden District Council’s tourism team on behalf of the Eden Tourism Network, brought together over 100 businesses to enjoy a morning of exciting presentations and very lively debate in the afternoon workshops. During the course of the event delegates positively confirmed their commitment to continue to grow an industry that in 2017 generated £336.6m to the local economy and welcomed 4.889m visitors. 

Lord Thurso, Chairman of Visit Scotland spoke about the importance of rural destinations and their vital contribution to the visitor economy and The Director of the Tourism Alliance, Kurt Janson gave great insight into tourism policy at governmental level. 

Deirdre Wells OBE, was delighted to come to Eden to address delegates and, spoke about the huge opportunities which stunning rural locations like the Lake District have to increase the economic impact of tourism.

Deirdre said: “Working in partnership with organisations across the UK will be key in ensuring that we can continue to drive tourism growth, in an ever more competitive environment.” 

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Tourism Summit to debate Brexit challenges and opportunities from Chinese visitor market

Tourism Summit to debate Brexit challenges and opportunities from Chinese visitor market

The challenges of Brexit and the opportunities to attract more visitors from China to the area are just some of the topics to be debated at this year’s Eden Tourism Summit being held at Shap Wells Hotel on Wednesday 17 October from 10.15am to 4pm.

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Orton to celebrate its 200th Farmers’ Market in September

Orton to celebrate its 200th Farmers’ Market in September

Saturday 8 September 2018 will see the 200th Farmers’ Market in Orton, Cumbria.  It was established early in 2001 and is one of very few FARMA registered Farmers’ Markets in the region.  

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Beneath the Beacon Automaton Alphabet comes to Cumbria this Summer

Beneath the Beacon Automaton Alphabet comes to Cumbria this Summer

An amazing collection of mechanical sculptures is coming to Penrith, Cumbria this summer, telling the stories of famous and overlooked characters. 

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