UK’s 2016 UNESCO Nomination Confirmed as The Lake District
Last week Cultural Minister Ed Vaizey confirmed the Lake District would be the UK’s nomination for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation) status in 2016 with a result expected in 2017 and the news of this is already the buzz topic in the tourism industry.
Mr Vaizey said: “The UK’s heritage is world renowned and the Lake District, England’s largest National Park is one of our heritage jewels.
“The Unesco nomination process can be very demanding and success is not guaranteed but I believe the Lake District deserves to be recognised and inscribed as a World Heritage Site and I wish all involved the very best.”
Being a much loved and admired destination for UK residents it is hoped, if successful, that UNESCO status will create global recognition for the 2,292 square kilometres of the Lake District National Park.
The Lake District and walking go hand in hand and it is the best way in which to experience the full beauty of this National Park. Many historic and famous walking routes pass through the Lake District including the Coast to Coast and the Cumbria Way. If the bid is successful then those undertaking such walking routes will have the pleasure of knowing they are also visiting a UNESCO site as well.
A close neighbour of the Lake District National Park is Hadrian’s Wall, another historic and designated route for walkers and which is also a UNESCO site. Under the heading of “Frontiers of the Roman Empire”, Hadrian’s Wall was granted UNESCO status in 1987.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland currently have 28 designated sites made up of 23 Cultural, 4 Natural and 1 mixed site, St Kilda.