The bid

We believe the Lake District deserves worldwide recognition. That's why we have submitted a bid for World Heritage Site status, placing the Lake District alongside the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. We will find out if we have World Heritage Site status in July 2017.
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The Lake District World Heritage Site is:

1. One of just over 1,000 World Heritage Sites (1,052)

2. The UK's largest World Heritage Site: 229,200 ha (1951 boundary)

3. The UK's 31st UNESCO World Heritage Site

4. The only UK National Park that is entirely be a World Heritage site, joining:

5. Cumbria's second World Heritage Site together with Hadrian's Wall

6. One of eight World Heritage Sites looked after by the National Trust

7. One of 15 National Parks. The others are: Brecon Beacons, the Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, the Yorkshire Dales, the Broads, the New Forest and the South Downs.


How does World Heritage benefit us?


  • Our vital farming community will enjoy increased recognition of the cultural role of farming and its integral role with the landscape.
  • Our government has pledged to provide resources to protect its World Heritage Sites. Having this status could attract more funding and investment into the Lake District - and we'll be heard.
  • We’ve worked out that just a one per cent switch to cultural visitors who spend more on accommodation, leisure and food and drink could boost our economy by about £20m per year.
  • The profile of the Lake District will be elevated internationally. Even more than it is right now.
  • We develop as an international brand on the 'A-list' of places to visit.
  • The sense of achievement is sky-high. We’re bursting with pride.


Who is behind the English Lakes World Heritage bid?


We couldn't have done this alone. The bid was delivered by the Lake District National Park Partnership on behalf of a group of organisations. The bid was given to the UK government who has reviewed and in turn submitted to UNESCO.


Lake District World Heritage Bid Nomination Document


You can view the full Nomination Document on the Lake District National Park website

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A view from the locals

"We're already proud of living here. We'd be proud as punch to be living, growing up and working in a landscape that was recognised the world over as a national treasure."

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What do our visitors think?

"We find our little piece of heaven in the Lakes: something different every season and every visit. It would be the icing on the cake if it became a World Heritage site."

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Running a business here

"We respect the landscape that our businesses are fortunate to sit in. A 'badge of distinction' would strengthen that - we'll continue as guardians and ambassadors of the park, learning to cherish without smothering."