World Heritage Day 201916 April 2019
Thursday 18th April is World Heritage Day. World Heritage is the shared wealth of humanity, both natural and cultural. Protecting and preserving these valuable assets needs the collective efforts of all communities. This celebratory day provides the chance to raise awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it.
The English Lake District World Heritage Site is joining in with the celebrations.
On Thursday, visitors to Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre can take part too. Stagecoach are providing a free open topped bus that will travel non-stop from Brockhole to Grasmere and back, three times during World Heritage Day. Passengers will be provided with live on-board commentary from World Heritage staff and volunteers, highlighting aspects of the cultural landscape that they're travelling through. Seeing and hearing about the World Heritage landscape from the vantage point of a bus will provide a different view and by taking the bus, passengers will be doing their bit for the environment.
The bus will run three times; 10.30am, 12.00pm and 1.30pm and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus leaves from the top car park, with the journey taking about 60 minutes.
The WHS team will also be at Brockhole, just past reception and the shop. They'll be on hand to explain the English Lake District's World Heritage story and be able to suggest places to explore firsthand the cultural landscape. They'll be handing out a new World Heritage leaflet that will provide an introduction to the reasons why the Lake District has this accolade. Come and pick up a copy and have a chat too.
If you want to dive deeper into the English Lake District's World Heritage story, why not download the newly recorded podcast by Countrystride. Available from all major podcast platforms, episode # 12 focuses on Great Langdale and its attributes of World Heritage. Host Mark Richards is helped by Jamie Lund the National Trust's archaeologist in the Lake District, to walk through and read the valley's cultural landscape. Neolithic axe factories, traditional upland farming, drystone walls and early conservationists are all featured.