Today is the Day - Lake District
The first National Park in the UK and the first since 2001 the Lake District becomes an official UNESCO World Heritage site.
It joins the other 30 United Kingdom World Heritage Sites of which only 4 are classed as Natural and two of those are in Overseas Territories. The first was the Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland in 1986 followed by the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and East Devon in 2001. The Lake District is included in the Cultural classification along with 25 others.
You can see many more reasons why this status is so deserved in the Lake District gallery.
It does of course beg the question why with such a diverse and extensive landscape the UK does not have more in the landscape category although the Flow Country of Sutherland and Caithness in the far north of Scotland on the tentative list since 2012 may come into this category.
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