World Heritage Status for the Lake District
Elsewhere in town the Theatre by the Lake is hosting a series of Speakers including talks by Alan Hinkes the only Brit to climb all 14 of the worlds 8000m+ mountains. Sir Ranulph Fiennes ‘the worlds greatest living explorer’, Keri-Anne Payne Britains’ best open water swimmer and Joss Naylor the legendary fell runner.
Keswick Mountain festival is sure to be a great weekend. Check their website for latest details and for tickets to the various events.
Surprisingly the Lake District has only one ‘Lake’ (Bassenthwaite) with 19 other ‘Meres’ and ‘Waters’, it also has Englands highest mountain (Scafell) plus 18 special ares of conservation and many more sights of scientific interest. A rich geographical history is matched by the areas contribution to recent history as well. The homes of the writers Wordworth, Southey and Beatrix Potter are all worth a visit. Muncaster Castle on the western edge of the district is a fantastic day out. Brantwood the Coniston home of John Ruskin is open to visitors and is a regular venue (both house and grounds) for many displays and artistic activities associated with Ruskins legacy.
In the past 50 years The Lake District has re-invented itself as the adventure playground of the UK. The opportunity to run/ride the trails at Grizedale and Whinlatter forests, climbing, sailing, 4×4 driving have all played a part in drawing new people to the area who we hope will love the lakes for many years to come.
Whether The Lake District is granted World Heritage Status remains to be seen, but for those who live here and the millions who visit every year it’s certificate has already been stamped.