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This English Treasure Has Just Been Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status

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Travel Editor
Updated: 10 July 2017
The Lake District in Cumbria, England, was awarded UNESCO world heritage status over the weekend, joining the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Wall of China as a place of outstanding cultural significance and natural beauty.

The committee from UNESCO met in Krakow, Poland to deliberate on the status of 33 sites around the world. The Lake District, in the Northwest of England, not far from the Scottish border, is home to some of the country’s most incredible natural phenomena, including its largest natural lake, Windermere, and the highest mountain in England – Scafell Pike.

Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere | © Kevin Eaves/Shutterstock

The Lake District is the 31st place in the UK to make the list, joining Stonehenge, the city of Bath and Westminster Abbey. It has long been an inspiration for artists and is an incredibly popular destination for hikers, with a thriving tourist industry.

According to the BBC, ‘about 18 million people visit the Lake District each year, spending a total of £1.2bn and providing about 18,000 jobs.’

In a statement following the decision, Lord Clark of Windermere, chairman of the Lake District National Park Partnership, said: ‘A great many people have come together to make this happen and we believe the decision will have long lasting benefits or the spectacular Lake District Landscape, the visitors we welcome every year and for the people who call the National Park their home.’