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Lake District UK’s Newest World Heritage Site

The UK’s Lake District in Cumbria is now officially a World Heritage Site, putting it alongside the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as a site of global, cultural and historical significance.

It is the only UK National Park that is entirely a World Heritage Site, and is the UK’s largest World Heritage Site at 229,200 hectares.

The Lake District is unique in England for its abundant and varied habitats for wildlife – fresh water, mires, limestone pavement, upland heaths, screes, lakeshores, wetlands, estuaries, coastal heaths and dunes.

The region also has the highest concentration of outdoor activity centres in the UK and is the birthplace of British mountaineering.

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