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Royal Mail gives stamp of approval for World Heritage Site

26 September 2017

Lake District fans across the UK are being urged to head to the post-box this week (27, 28 Sept) to secure a special postmark in celebration of its new World Heritage Site status.

Millions of items of stamped mail sent Second Class on Wednesday 27 and First Class on Thursday 28 September will have the greeting: ‘Celebrating the Lake District World Heritage Site #WeAreTheLakes’ applied at Royal Mail’s distribution centres nationwide.

Tony Watson, Head of Communications for the Lake District National Park, said: “We are delighted this postmark will spread the word even further about the Lake District’s special badge of international recognition.

“We’d love to see as many people as possible head to the post-box this week and can’t wait to see how far the postmark will travel. And if you’re stuck for someone to send a letter to on Thursday, send it to us at the LDNP for a chance to win a hamper full of Lake District goodies!”

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to be recognising the Lake District being awarded World Heritage Site status with a postmark. It's fantastic news to share with the millions of customers that use Royal Mail every day.”

The Lake District National Park became the UK’s 31st UNESCO World Heritage Site on 9 July 2017. A marketing campaign, We Are The Lakes, was launched to capitalise on the new status and ensure it brings positive benefits to everyone who works, lives and visits the National Park.

The postmark will apply to all stamped, not franked, mail sent Second Class on Wednesday 27 and First Class on Thursday 28 September. Visit the Lake District National Park website for information on how to enter the postcard competition.

Photo shows:

Lake District National Park area ranger, David Switzer, gets his mail ready for an exclusive World Heritage Site postmark at Longsleddale – otherwise known as the setting for Postman Pat!

Competition time!

We’re giving ten lucky winners a chance to win a limited edition prize! One winner will receive a hamper full of Lake District goodies and nine runner up winners will receive the very popular limited edition World Heritage Little Herdy.

To be in the chance of winning these amazing prizes, simply send a postcard or letter finishing this sentence “The Lake District is special to me because…” by post to:


Lake District National Park


Oxenholme Road

Murley Moss Office



Closing date: Monday 2 October 2017


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Share photos of your special World Heritage postmark on social media using #WeAreTheLakes – how far will your post travel?


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About the author

Lake District National Park WHS

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