Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone: the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme

This is an ambitious four-year programme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the stunning limestone landscape around the peak of Ingleborough in the south west corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The scheme has been developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership and is mainly funded by the players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Stories in Stone will run from January 2016 to the end of 2019.

The scheme covers a roughly triangular area of about 130 km², with Ribblehead and its impressive viaduct at its northernmost point, the small market town of Settle to the south, and Ingleton village to the west. The area is centred on the distinctive peak of Ingleborough, arguably the best known of Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks. It is wholly within the district of Craven (one of the few remaining Celtic place names within the Yorkshire Dales) and almost completely within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Ingleborough and the hamlet of Wharfe (photo courtesy of Christine Walker)

Picture: Ingleborough and the hamlet of Wharfe (photo courtesy of Christine Walker)

Stories in Stone is the story of how a stunning limestone landscape has been exploited and adapted by generations of local people, incomers and visitors. It is a fascinating landscape, with a rich, highly visible archaeological record, an iconic farming pattern of stone-built barns and dry stone walls, scarce limestone habitats, and a hidden subterranean world. But it is also a landscape under stress, with three large active quarries, intensive farming, and millions of visitors every year. 

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Picture: The Waverley on Ribblehead Viaduct (photo courtesy of Robert Goodison)

Stories in Stone will connect and coordinate the plans and actions of a range of public, private and community bodies to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique historical and natural elements of the Ingleborough Dales’ landscape. Through improved access and new learning opportunities, it will enable and inspire a wider range of people to discover, enjoy and contribute to that landscape in a way that ensures a healthy future for this very special place.

The scheme has 27 projects, some of which have several sub-projects, making a total of around 90 individual projects that the scheme will deliver. The breadth of the projects includes natural, built and cultural heritage restoration, creative and digital interpretation, physical and intellectual access improvements, social inclusion, educational activities, oral histories, digital archiving, volunteering, sustainable transport, benefits to the local economy, and skills training.


Stories in Stone is offering three kinds of grants:

  • Heritage Grants for community-led projects that restore, celebrate or increase understanding of natural or historical features
  • Dry Stone Walling Grants for landowners and tenants who want to restore dry stone walls
  • Woodland Grants for landowners and tenants who want to create new native woodlands.
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