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4 Reasons we Love being a UNESCO World Heritage Site

1. Inspiration Study, after study, after study, has shown that spending time in nature is good for your mental health, that exploring helps your physical health, and that creating helps you connect to yourself and to others around you. These things are thought of as a given, but when you're standing by Sprinkling Tarn, in a sea of grass, looking up at Scafell Pike and azure skies, you feel something incredible. The Lake District continues to Inspire people to go after that feeling, to reconnect with the world, and to share that beauty in their art. The Lake District is constantly inspiring people: a great example is the fantastic photographers that want to capture the beauty of the Lakes- check out our Instagram feed to see some of these
2. International Love The Lake District has a huge international legacy. Whether it's the works of Beatrix Potter, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, or whether it's the memories of a childhood holiday climbing mountains and exploring lakes, the Lake District is rightly considered an International Gem. We want to give a warm hello to people from all around the world who love our home, and to thank them for sharing in this wonderful place.
3. Local Pride Some say that if you live in an area of so much outstanding natural beauty that you can become tired of it. Everyone here at Cumbria Tourism can vouch that this is not true. We're proud that we live in a place with World Heritage Status. This joy can be seen by the many innovative local businesses, and especially in the boom of sustainability focused business models, which work to give back to the landscape that inspires us so. We also feel it when our commute to work shows us postcard perfect views, the sort of views you stop your conversation to just say ‘wow’.
4. Protecting the Lakes UNESCO World Heritage Status aims to encourage people to care and protect sites that have importance to people all around the globe. The Lake District is blessed that so many people care deeply about it. It's part of what makes the Lake District so special, that its beauty touches people in a very real way that stays with them for a lifetime. As such I'd like to give a shout out to The Lake District Foundation, who do so much work to look after the Lakes. At the moment they are running a just giving page for Fix the Fells, a project that works to maintain the paths in the Lakes. This work is so important to protecting the ecology of the area by making sure people have good, solid paths to walk on, so they don't feel forced to step of the beaten track- and onto the wild ground where many vulnerable plants may grow. Here's a link to their just giving page if you want to support them.

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