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World's Longest Letter Attempt

20 August 2015

Cumbrian school children put pen to paper to attempt to write the World’s Longest Letter, during National Stationery Week in April this year, writing heartfelt messages that express their love for the beautiful place they call home. The efforts of pupils at eight schools from the Kendal area have been remarkable and the result of all their hard work will now be displayed at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre throughout August, with the public invited to take the record attempt to the next stage.

Brockhole, on the shores of Windermere, will be home to the lengthy letter, with the rolls of paper from Burneside-based, James Cropper Paper being installed amongst an exhibition of messages from the various schools. Inspired by the natural beauty on their doorstep, words have flowed from the pens of all children involved, contributing to the Lake District’s 2016 bid for World Heritage status. 


Members of the public are now invited to add their own contribution to the letter in the hope that when it is handed over to the World Heritage Bid team it will be recognised as the World’s Longest Letter. 

The letter, installed on reels to allow for quick and easy signing, will be at Brockhole for approximately two months, before staff from both the visitor centre and James Cropper Paper get down to the business of measuring the final letter in September.

The schools which have taken part in the first leg of the project are Queen Katherine School, Kirkbie Kendal School, Castle Park School, Victoria Park, Stramongate Primary School, Ghyllside Primary School, Grayrigg Primary School, St Mark’s Primary School and St Thomas' Primary School.

Take a look at the video below to see just how the letter was made...

Find out more about the Bid


The World's Longest Letter from James Cropper on Vimeo.

About the author

World Heritage Team

Coordinating World Heritage Site communications on behalf of the Lake District National Park Partnership