The English Lake District is unique region of exceptional beauty in northern England, situated over small area towards the middle of mainland Britain. Consisting of remote mountain terrain, lush grass valleys and many unspoilt freshwater lakes, it has been shaped by by hundreds of years of human interaction with the landscape.
The Lake District has inspired artistic and literary movements over two centuries, and to this day preserves links with important figures such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Sir Walter Scott, Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, and others. This is a landscape which has been the catalyst for key developments in the national and international protection of landscapes.
The Lake District was designated at national park in 1951 and since then, the UK’s Lake District National Park Authority works in
partnership with other organisations, landowners, farmers, and the community to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Lake District. The LDNPA also has a purpose to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public.
In July 2017 the area was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This reflects its stature as an historical backdrop to British artistic and cultural figures from the Romantic period through to the present day. The beauty and serenity of the mountain landscapes continue to draw holidaymakers and lovers of the great outdoors.
The park is very accessible, by train and by air, less than two hours from Manchester, within four hours from London, and three hours from Glasgow.