Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone is an ambitious programme of conservation and community projects which aim to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique limestone landscape around the peak of Ingleborough.

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

The Stories in Stone scheme brings together 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 the landscape in a way that ensures a healthy future for this very special place.

The Ingleborough Dales area

Ribblehead Viaduct by Paul Hunter

Ribblehead Viaduct photo thanks to Paul Hunter 

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.

The projects

'Schools Out' learning outdoors in the Yorkshire Dales

Learning about the Ingleborough area through our 'Schools out' educational activities 

The scheme has 30 projects, some of which have several sub-projects, making a total of around 170 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.

The Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership

Stories in Stone has been developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership and is mainly funded by players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Fund. Find out more.

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