The Lake District World Heritage Site


We at Sally’s Cottages love to share the beauty of the Lake District, so we are delighted with this weekend’s news that the importance of the National Park has been recognised internationally.

On Sunday, it was announced that The Lake District would join the likes of the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal, and the Grand Canyon as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Buttermere in summerThe Lake District’s bid has been successful in the ‘Cultural Landscapes’ category, which reflects the themes of identity, inspiration, and conservation.

Part of the bid, which was put forth by 25 organisations in the Lake District National Park, was to help improve the biodiversity of the landscape and to look after the cultural heritage of the area. As the Lake District is the birthplace of the conservation movement, the achievement is of particular importance.

View from Red Pike over the Scafell RangeThere are just over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites internationally, and the Lake District becomes the 31st in the UK. It is also the largest in the country and the only UK National Park that is entirely a World Heritage Site. The Lake District joins Hadrian’s Wall as Cumbria’s second World Heritage Site.

Wastwater screesDuncan Wilson, the Chief Executive of Historic England, commented: “I am delighted that the Lake District has been added to the World Heritage List. This beautiful landscape, which inspired Wordsworth and the birth of the conservation movement, has been shaped by hundreds of years of human interaction with the landscape. World Heritage Site status recognises the truly exceptional qualities of the Lake District and will help to ensure it is looked after and enhances quality of life for this and future generations.”

Blencathra in the snowCelebratory Events

To celebrate the news, the team behind the bid, the Lake District National Park Partnership, is holding a number of events.

Picnic in the Park!, 15th-16th July

Picnic by the lakeTo mark the Lake District’s first weekend as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, local and visitors are invited to pack up a picnic and head to their favourite part of the Lake District. Take a photo of your chosen spot and share them using the hashtag #WeAreTheLakes. If you’d love to join in, but aren’t sure to go, take a look at our Top 10 Picnic Spots in the Lake District for inspiration!

If you’d like a last-minute short break this weekend to join the fun, take a look at our cottages with last-minute availability.

Lakes Alive, 8th-10th September

River between Kendal and KirkbyThis free festival celebrates the Lake District’s new status with the theme of ‘cultural landscapes’. Mainly based in Kendal, but also covering the wider Lake District, the programme includes guided bike rides, art installations, music, food and drink.

Book a cottage near Kendal for the festival.

We’re excited to see what else UNESCO World Heritage Status brings to the Lake District and are delighted that our love for the Lakes can be shared with more people.

Derwentwater from SkiddawIf you’re eager to experience the UK’s newest World Heritage site for yourself, take a look at our lovely holiday cottages for the perfect Lake District getaway.

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