The Lake District; now a World Heritage site

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panoramic view of the Lake District

the Lake District: the first national park in the UK to achieve UNESCO World Heritage status

Yesterday, at the UNESCO meeting in the Polish city of Krakow, it was announced that the Lake District had received World Heritage status.

For the eighteen million people who visit the Lake District each year they will not be surprised that it has achieved this status; they might be surprised that it has taken so long!

Tourism in the Lake District goes back centuries. William Wordsworth was smitten with the area as was Daniel Defoe and Beatrix Potter. With Alfred Wainwright and his many books on different walks in the area came a resurgence of tourism interest in the area but people have been glowingly writing about the Lake District for three hundred years or more.

The Lake District is the first national park in the UK to achieve this status and becomes the 32nd heritage site in the UK. What will it mean for the area and the UK? It will mean many more tourists based on the evidence of other sites gaining the same status. It means that development with the bounds of the national park will be even more tightly controlled as any site that is not managed according the rules means that they can be warned as to potential delisting.

It should certainly mean more tourists from overseas countries because there are those whose bucket list includes seeing as many UNESCO World Heritage sites as possible. It will put pressure on the already busy roads and it might encourage more visits by train and more trains being timetabled.

This year, Lakes Alive, the free cultural festival that the national park holds from the 8th until the 10th of September will probably become a celebration of achieving the award.

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