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This week has seen the amazing news that the Lake District has been officially named a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Convention (part of UNESCO). This is so exciting for residents and visitors to the Lake District alike. It celebrates the fact that the Lake District is an area of outstanding international importance and deserves special protection. So, what makes the Lake District so special? This question could be answered in so many ways, but these are just some of the things that I love about the Lake District.

Buttermere

One of the main attractions for visitors and residents of the Lake District is, of course, the stunning scenery. The Lakes  began to attract attention and tourism through the works of famous Lake Poets like William Wordsworth, whose first family home was Dove Cottage in Grasmere. As well as living in the Lake District, his work was inspired by its beauty, its landscapes and its people. He described the Lake District as, "A sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest ... an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy".

This love for the Lake District was followed by the desire to protect it for future generations. The National Trust was founded in 1895 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley. The first area in the Lake District to be purchased by the National Trust was Brandelhow on Derwentwater, an area of 108 acres of pasture and woodland at the foot of Catbells. 

Benefactors of the Lake District include Beatrix Potter, author of the famous children's tales such as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Pigling Bland. Beatrix Potter bequeathed no less than 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust, as well as 14 farms and areas of outstanding beauty such as Tarn Hows.

Beatrix Potter and Kep in 1915
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Interesting facts about the Lake District:

  • The Lake District officially became a National Park in 1951. It is the largest national park in England with an area of 912 square miles.
  • It has at least 200 fell tops, including Scafell Pike, which is the highest mountain in England, at an elevation of 978 metres above sea level. Scafell Pike is included in the Three Peaks Challenge.
  • There are 16 lakes, including Wast Water (the deepest natural lake in England  at 74m deep) and Windermere (the longest natural lake at 10.5m long).
  • There is only one "official" lake in the Lake District, namely Bassenthwaite Lake. The others are 'meres' or 'waters'.

Do you have a favourite place that you like to visit in the Lake District? I'd love to hear in the comments, below. Amongst our favourites are:

Crummock Water

Rannderdale

and Bassenthwaite Lake & Mirehouse

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32 comments on “The Lake District has gained World Heritage Site status”

  1. A great article and a well deserved status for The Lakes!

    I spend a lot of time around Lake Windermere on my daily wanders and I think it’s a very friendly place. We’re spoilt for choice with places to socialise, lake views, history and nature itself.

    I love the Lake District, there’s something for everyone and enough wonder to inspire us all.

    • Thanks, Sarah 🙂 I wish we saw more of your part of the Lakes, Lake Windermere is so beautiful. At least I can look at your Instagram! I see there are a few things going on this weekend 🙂

    • Oh wow, that’s amazing! Isn’t it a small world to find these connections with others online. It’s lovely 🙂 Yes, I’m sure it has been, and still is, an inspiration to so many!

    • How wonderful, Lauren! I love Wastwater, too, but I haven’t been in a while so I’m looking forward to going back. The scenery there is so dramatic, isn’t it!

  2. The lake district is one of my favourite places on earth. We live an hour away so are fortunate to visit quite often. I got engaged there on Lake Windermere, so it’s a very special place for us.

  3. I love the Lake District, we have been there twice and Windermere is my favourite place. Such a beautiful place and you never know it is one of the national parks! It deserves the credit!

  4. This is awesome! I just had a talk about the Lake District like a week ago with my friend who lives close by, inviting me there – now I wanna go even more!! 🙂

    • Oh, how lovely! I hope you get time to visit your friend! The weather is gorgeous here at the moment 🙂

  5. Aw thats amazing news. I am so glad because it looks like the most beautiful place. I am yet to take my children to visit but I think it is definitely a trip we will make next year xx

  6. We love the Lakes! How did I miss this news!!??
    We had a lovely holiday in the lakes last September and so many of the places we visited will stay in my heart forever!
    My then 2-year-old played at Wray Castle, climbed the steps at Aira Force and sniffed the flowers in the garden at Wordsworth’s House.

    • It sounds like you saw some lovely sites whilst you were here 🙂 My son and I were at Wordsworth’s House yesterday, too. It really is a great place for making memories x

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