Lake District UNESCO bid

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We believe the Lake District deserves worldwide recognition.

That's why in 2017 we will bid for World Heritage Site status, placing the Lake District alongside the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. Join us on our journey. Read our Blog articles and discover what makes our beautiful landscape so special.

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Learn about the life of William Wordsworth in the Lake District

Although the beauty and the scenic landscapes of the Lake District have inspired several writers over the centuries, the one that has become synonymous with the National Park is William Wordsworth, one of the country’s best-loved poets. World Heritage Blog post courtesy of holidaycottages.co.uk

31 Mar 2017
 
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Launch of new National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards

This year we’ve been celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, the world famous author, illustrator, farmer and supporter of the National Trust. To bring the year to a fitting close, we are delighted to announce the launch of the National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards.

28 Nov 2016
 
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UNESCO visit takes bid a step closer

Last week we completed a major milestone in the Lake District’s nomination to be a World Heritage Site, with two expert assessors from UNESCO’s cultural heritage advisory body visiting us. It was a near impossible task to do this wonderful place justice in just a week, but the Lake District National Park, together with a range of organisations from the partnership, pulled together a fantastic programme showcasing three key themes of the bid: identity, inspiration and conservation.

11 Oct 2016
 
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How the 'cultural landscape' continues to inspire today

The dramatic Lakeland peaks, lakes and landscapes have been providing creative inspiration for generations and Lakes Culture has continued to seek out the talent in recent years too, with a series of stunning artworks that captivate imaginations across the county.

21 Sep 2016
 
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Get set for a virtual flight through stunning Lake District

From today (26 August 2016), fans of the Lake District National Park will be able to soar like a bird, scale a mountain and ripple across the top of a lake – within just three minutes, by experiencing BirdHIVE – a 360 degree virtual flight tour of the iconic Lake District.

26 Aug 2016
 
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Wordsworth Country comes to the capital

Euston Station welcomed ‘a host of golden daffodils’ earlier today, as part of a new campaign to encourage the public to see the Lake District as ‘Wordsworth Country’ once again. The Wordsworth Trust wants to get ‘Wordsworth Country’ back in the popular imagination, and raise awareness of the many sites of natural beauty that helped inspire the writer whose works have helped to draw visitors to the region which he described as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.

03 Aug 2016
 
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A celebration of Beatrix Potter's 150th Anniversary

Jane Watson, Marketing & Communications for BP150 Project, National Trust tells us all about her work for the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, just one of the writers inspired by our beautiful, World Heritage nominated cultural landscape...

27 Jul 2016
 
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Join us on a virtual tour to find out why the Lake District deserves World Heritage status

We’re looking forward to launching Bird HIVE, a 360 degree virtual flight tour of the iconic Lake District, at Kendal Calling and Lakes Alive festivals this summer in support of the World Heritage bid. Festival goers are being given the chance to soar like a bird, scale a mountain and ripple across the top of a lake, within just three minutes, taking a bird’s eye view of four iconic Lake District locations.

25 Jul 2016
 
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Festival goers take a virtual flight through the Lake District

Lake District festival goers are being given the chance to soar like a bird, scale a mountain and ripple across the top of a lake – within just three minutes, by experiencing Bird HIVE – a 360 degree virtual flight tour of the iconic Lake District. Bird HIVE is an innovative, interactive virtual reality experience showcased at Kendal Calling and Lakes Alive festivals this summer in celebration of the Lake District National Park bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

15 Jul 2016
 
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A capital day out as Cumberland wrestlers hit the streets of London

London is unshockable. So when two young women and a 9 year old girl, dressed in white long-johns and red shorts started wrestling on the lawn opposite Big Ben, the reaction was curiosity rather than surprise. The wrestlers were Tracy, Connie and Rosie Hodgson from Dent who gamely agreed to the capital day out to promote Ambleside Sports, the new women’s world championship in Cumberland wrestling which will be staged there in July.

27 Jun 2016
 
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The Long View walks

Photographer and Writer team Rob and Harriet Fraser have chosen seven spectacularly located trees across Cumbria for a two-year project called The Long View. They are recording their walks to these trees through photography and writing, and are leading a public walk to each of the trees through the summer and autumn of 2016. Find out how you can get involved.

18 Apr 2016
 
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Peter Sidwell cooks up support for World Heritage

TV Chef Peter Sidwell has officially 'backed the bid' and has joined the campaign for the Lake District to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The team here asked Peter to share with us how he has been inspired by the beautiful surroundings and he certainly didn't disappoint...

23 Mar 2016
 
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Herdy brings a friendly face to the Lake District’s World Heritage bid

Herdy, the iconic Lake District sheep brand has joined a growing list of organisations to state their support for the Lake District's quest for World Heritage status, becoming the lead commercial collaboration partner and creating a unique ‘United by Herdy’ logo for the bid campaign. The friendly face of Herdy will now be used to encourage visitors, residents and everyone who loves the Lake District to unite in their pride and back the bid.

21 Nov 2015
 
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From the Longest Letter to the Smallest Fell!

Children from schools across South Lakeland have been celebrating as their attempt to write the World’s Longest Letter rolls in at a whopping 290 metres in length – as high as the smallest Wainwright fell, Castle Crag!

22 Oct 2015
 
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Peter Sidwell cooks up support for World Heritage

TV Chef Peter Sidwell has officially 'backed the bid' and become the latest supporter to join the campaign for the Lake District to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The team here asked Peter to share with us how he has been inspired by the beautiful surroundings and he certainly didn't disappoint...

09 Oct 2015
 
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World's Longest Letter Attempt

Residents and visitors to Cumbria are being called up to write a message of support for the region’s UNESCO World Heritage Bid by visiting Brockhole -the Lake District Visitor Centre - and in the process boost the attempt to write the World’s Longest Letter.

20 Aug 2015
 
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10 reasons the Lake District deserves World Heritage status

The Lake District is a cultural landscape that has inspired generations of artists, writers, industrialists, entrepreneurs and farmers to shape the world around them. It is continually changing as communities, visitors and businesses blend together to create an evolving masterpiece.

13 Jul 2015