Lake District becomes a UNESCO world heritage site DESPITE George Monbiot's best efforts





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Published on Jul 8, 2017

Five reasons why the Lake District in Cumbria should be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status
5th July 2017
It's decision time. England’s Lake District should find out this weekend if it's bid for UNESCO World Heritage status has been successful. Here are 5 reasons why it might make the grade...

1: Natural beauty
Just calling it the ‘Lake’ District is a little misleading. There is an abundance of water here, but there are also great peaks, valleys and rolling hills.
The Lake District was shaped by glaciers during the last Ice Age, the glaciers sculpting and carving out U-shaped valleys, some of which filled with water to create the vast lakes the area’s now famous for.
One of the most popular ways to get out on the shimmering lakes is with a 'steamer' ride on Windermere or Ullswater, a gentle step back in time, or take a cruise on Coniston Water, the third largest lake in the Lake District, where parts of the recent Swallows And Amazons was filmed.
The South and Central Lakes area is also where you’ll find characterful villages and towns, like Grasmere, Hawkshead, Ambleside and Bowness.
Keswick is a popular base and start point for hikers and climbers, with striking Skiddaw mountain as a backdrop, while road-trippers might want to take a drive down the A591 from Keswick on what’s been named ‘Britain’s best driving road’.
There are plenty of other kinds of natural beauty to discover, from England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, to the woodlands of Grizedale Forest.

2: Artistic inspiration
Lake District residents must be a bit sick of hearing it, but William Wordworth’s Daffodils poem, starting with the much-quoted line “I wander’d lonely as a cloud” has come to stand as the archetypal Lake District poem, a tribute to the area’s natural beauty.
The Lake District’s dramatic mountains, lakes and valleys landscapes have providing inspiration to poets, writers and artists for centuries, not least in the Romantic poetry of Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose celebration of the Lake District helped lay the groundwork for a later conservation movement. The popular Beatrix Potter books were also set here. It’s possible to visit Potter’s home and Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived.
Great painters have also tried to capture on canvas the unique landscapes and light, including John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and JMW Turner.

3: Foodie culture

4: Active ways to explore the great outdoors

5: Wildlife and conservation


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