Lake District to be nominated for World Heritage status

Lake District

Walker overlooking Kentmere in the Lake District © James Cook

Following a long campaign by the area’s many fans, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has announced that the popular walking destination of the Lake District will be put forward as the UK’s next World Heritage nomination in 2016.

If recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the area would join other natural and manmade wonders of the world like Angkor Wat, the Grand Canyon, the Giza Pyramids and the Great Barrier Reef.

The official recommendation for nomination is an important step in what has been a long journey. A large group of local, regional and national organisations have been working together for the Lake District to be included under the Cultural Landscape category which recognises the way humans have shaped the beauty of an area over time.

“The UK’s heritage is world renowned and the Lake District, England’s largest National Park is one of our heritage jewels,” said Mr Vaizey. “The UNESCO nomination process can be very demanding and success is not guaranteed but I believe the Lake District deserves to be recognised and inscribed as a World Heritage Site and I wish all involved the very best.”

Slater BridgeThe Lake District bid joins the Forth Bridge near Edinburgh, put forward this year and Gorham’s Cave Complex in Gibraltar, which will be put forward in 2015. Once the Lake District’s nomination has been submitted, it will undergo a demanding scrutiny and evaluation process with UNESCO’s final decision due in June 2017.

And if you can’t wait that long our local groups in the Lake District and nearby have lots of tempting walks on offer throughout the year to enjoy the area’s lakes, forests and fells. Here are a few upcoming walks you can enjoy:

Broughton and Torver valley – Thursday 16 January 2014
A 6-mile walk from Broughton in Furness

Low level walk with great views in Langdales – Saturday 1 February 2014
A 10-mile taking in Great and Little Langdale

Thorpinsty, Foxfield, and Ravensbarrow – Tuesday 18 February 2014
A 6-mile walk taking in Cartmel Fell

To search for other walks in the Lake District visit our Group Walks Finder.

Image of Slater Bridge © Helen Reynolds

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