What have The Lake District, Machu Picchu and The Great Barrier Reef all got in common?
When asked that question, we wouldn’t be surprised if you struggled to come up with an answer. However, we’re proud to announce that The Lake District has been unveiled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
The Lake District’s spectacular beauty, people and culture have made it a destination of holiday-goers, newlyweds and even presidents for hundreds of years. Now, there’s all the more reason for you to visit our humble region – it’s not every day you have a World Heritage site on your doorstep, after all.
With all of the lakes, waters, rivers, valleys and mountains, we’re slightly surprised that it’s taken this long to be unveiled. UNESCO started naming World Heritage sites in 1972 and it’s fair to say that The Lake District now finds itself in some pretty elite company – with its inscription, it joins other famous beauty spots such as The Grand Canyon, The Taj Mahal and the Venetian Lagoon, among others.
It’s not hard either to see why the Lake District has been given such a high accolade – all you have to do is glance out of our Lake View Restaurant and you will see the spectacular Bassenthwaite Lake with views down into Skiddaw Valley.
Coincidentally, it’s valleys and lakes like these which put The Lake District on UNESCO’s radar – formed over 10,000 years ago by glaciers melting after the last Ice Age, UNESCO mentions the glacial valleys and mountains, combined with the patchwork fields and various monuments on its official website.