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About the Lake District

The Lake District is a national park, protected because of its beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage. Designated as a national park in 1951, the Lake District possesses a number of Special Qualities which combine to create a landscape of remarkable beauty and distinctive character that is cherished and enjoyed by the nation. It is England’s largest national park, home to Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, and renowned for it varied and beautiful Lakeland mountains, fells, valleys, lakes and coastline.

In further recognition of the special character of this landscape the Lake District was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2017 as a cultural landscape of international significance. UNESCO’s Statement of Outstanding Universal Value explains why the Lake District’s cultural significance is so exceptional as to be of global importance for present and future generations of all humanity.

What is the Lake District National Park Partnership?

The Lake District National Park Partnership was established in 2006. It brings together 22 organisations (the ‘Partners’) from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors with the shared goal of working for the betterment of the national park.

The Partnership has an agreed shared Vision that by 2030 the Lake District will be:

An inspirational example of sustainable development in action. A place where its prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain the spectacular landscape, its wildlife and cultural heritage. 

Local people, visitors and the many organisation working in the Lake District or have a contribution to make to it, must be united in achieving this.

Take a look at our partners

The Lake District National Park Partnership (‘the Partnership’) together work for the betterment of the national park. Our Partner organisations are:

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