This month marks 70 years of the Lake District since it was was officially designated a National Park on 9 May 1951. It wasn’t quite the first however, and came a close second National Park in the country to be given the status. The Peak District came first and was recognised earlier in the same year.
Now the much-loved Lake District National Park welcomes over 19 million visitors each year. It’s a great time to celebrate the anniversary at a time when we’ve all reconnected with the great outdoors in Britain.
Lake District Achievements
Here are some of the key achievements over the 70 history of the Lake District National Park.
The Lake District National Park Partnership was established in 2006. The group consists of 25 different organisations who work together to manage the Park.
World Heritage Status
The Lake District gained World Heritage status in 2017 in recognition of the global importance of the National Park’s cultural heritage and landscape
48 Miles without Stiles
The Lake District National Park Authority has worked tirelessly to improve the accessibility of the park. This means that easier routes suitable for people with limited mobility can still enjoy the unforgettable experience of visiting the Lakes.
A £3 million project was carried out to restore the Public Rights of Way around the park following storm damage in 2015.
In 2008 Low Carbon Lake District was launched. The project to reduce greenhouse gases is ongoing. The Lake District Authority has signed up to be net carbon zero 2025 and complete across the National Park by 2037.
Considerable preservation work with local landowners, volunteers, and local businesses has gone into heritage projects, such as Coniston Coppermines and Duddon Iron Furnace. Allowing these at risk sites to be kept alive for future generations.
First National Park Visitor Centre
Brockhole on Windermere is the first of UK’s National Park Visitor Centres was opened in 1969 . Now there are three Information Centres in operation as well as Coniston Boating Centre.
The Fix the Fells group consists of 400 hardworking volunteers. The team carries out a large number of tasks to fix footpaths, prevent erosion and help to keep the landscape in a condition to be enjoyed by all.
How to get involved with 70 Years of the Lake District
You can show your support and get involved with the Lake District 70 year anniversary by using the #LakeDistrict70 on social media.
Having achieved so much its no wonder the Lake District has become such a treasured part of our country. If you’d like to own Lake District holiday home view our static caravans for sale at our South Lakes caravan park. Year after year, you could have the luxury of a peaceful retreat in close reach of all that the Lake District has to offer.