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Crossing the Lake District

New UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK

Lake District UK new World Heritage Site


The latest additions to UNESCO’s World Heritage List were unveiled earlier this month, and guess what? Our beloved Lake District has made it as the UK’s first national park to be awarded World Heritage status.


England's Lake District was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on 9 July 2017.


Inscribed to protect a landscape that has been “greatly appreciated from the 18th century onwards by the Picturesque and later Romantic movements, which celebrated it in paintings, drawings and words”, the English Lake District is applauded for having “inspired an awareness of the importance of beautiful landscapes and triggered early efforts to preserve them” according to the World Heritage Convention.

The English Lake District - Sherpa Expeditions

Walkers in the Lake District UK - Sherpa walking holidays 

Immerse yourself in the timeless landscapes of the UK’s first national park with World Heritage status

Our classic walking options allow you to experience the charms of the world famous ‘Lakeland’ - England’s largest and most visited Lake District National Park. Below we listed some highlights of our trips and why we believe the Lake District indeed deserves to be on the UNESCO list are:


  • A celebrated landscape, hailed over the years by poets, authors and painters such as Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Tennyson, Ramson and Wainwright.
  • You can follow the shores of quintessentially English lakes and find out why larger bodies of water are generally named as “mere” or “water”, whilst smaller ones are denoted by “tarn”.
  • Walk through sensational woodlands and forests that provide habitat for native English wildlife, including the red squirrel, one of the UK’s best-loved species.
  • Make time to visit poet Wordsworth’s home at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, one of the Lakeland’s most celebrated villages, and make sure to drop into the famous Ginger bread shop! 
  • Cross typical stiles and ‘kissing gates’ along the footpaths on your way to tiny, centuries old hamlets and traditional lively market towns, such as Ulverston and Keswick.
  • A descent to Borrowdale; perhaps the most delightful valley in the Lake District with its crags and broadleaved trees. 
  • Visit the traditional fell village of Caldbeck, where many of its old mill buildings, a testament to its glorious industrial past, are still in use.
  • Stop at Hoad Monument – this concrete structure, built in 1850, commemorates statesman and local resident Sir John Barrow, and offers scenic views across Morecambe Bay.
  • Cosy handpicked accommodation throughout the Lake District, including traditional pubs, rural family-owned guesthouses, as well as a Georgian townhouse. 


If you want to immerse yourself in these timeless landscapes, we can take you there on one of the below 10 activity holidays in the Lake District National Park.  


For more information and booking details, please contact our team of travel experts in our London office.  

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