Cumbria’s tourism trade has celebrated the announcement by Unesco that the Lake District is now designated as a World Heritage Site.
It joins more than 1,000 global World Heritage locations, ranking alongside destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Lake District joins Hadrian’s Wall to become the second World Heritage Site in Cumbria, making the county an ideal destination for those interested in culture, history and conservation.
2017 also marks the 30 years since the inscription of Hadrian’s Wall as a Unesco World Heritage site, sharing an anniversary with places such as The Great Wall of China, Kilimanjaro National Park and Westminster Abbey.
There are 25 organisations in the Lake District National Park Partnership, including Cumbria Tourism, which put the bid together for Unesco recognition in the cultural landscape category.
Chairman of the partnership, Lord Clark of Windermere, described the prestigious status as momentous and bringing great benefits for locals, visitors, tourism, business and farming.
Eric Robson, chairman of Cumbria Tourism, added: “Being a member of this exclusive club is a fantastic opportunity to communicate with new visitor markets across the globe and to raise awareness of the Lake District’s cultural and environmental assets.
“Of course, Cumbria already has a large part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, so this additional boost can only reinforce the county’s already strong reputation as a world class visitor destination.”
John Glen MP, minister for art, heritage and tourism, said the Lake District is one of the UK’s “most stunning and ancient landscapes”.
“This decision will boost tourism to this wonderful part of the world and bring with it additional benefits to local businesses and communities,” he said.
“Its beauty has inspired poets and painters for generations and it continues to fascinate the millions of people who continue to visit its lakes, valleys and hills each year.”