Amazingly the Lake District National Park itself only covers an area of 885 square miles and stretches just 30 miles from west to east and 35 from north to south. Yet crammed into these boundaries is an area of such natural beauty that it is little wonder that visitors keep coming back. The National Park was formed in 1951 to protect the landscape. Most of the land in the Park is in private ownership. The National Trust owns about a quarter of the total area, United Utilities owns eight per cent and 3.9% belongs to the Lake District National Park Authority. In common with all other National Parks in England, there is no restriction on entry to, or movement within the park along public routes, but access to cultivated land is usually restricted to public footpaths. The highest mountains, longest and deepest lakes in England are within the park boundary. The lakes and mountains combine to form impressive scenery. Farmland and settlement add aesthetic value to the natural scenery. The Lake District has failed to be approved as a natural World Heritage Site, because of human activities, such as commercial forestry, which have adversely impacted the park’s assessment. It is still hoped that it can qualify for World Heritage Status in the category of cultural landscape.
What our Travellers say
On our trip there was so much to do. We enjoyed outdoor activities and the adventurous things to do. We were nicely surprised and will be coming back for sure.
Every turn held more beauty than we expected. We were humbled by the size of the surrounding peaks. The feeling of being in a cathedral never left us as we stopped in deserted spots and just gazed at our surroundings.
Utah was my favourite part. There was so much to do and it was like nothing I’ve seen before. Really liked Capitol Reef as it was much quieter and we were so close to it. Will always remember going star gazing, brilliant.
We saw loads of animals, bison, black and grizzly bear, elk, deer and even wolves in the distance. Waterfalls and lakes were magnificent and the trails that we walked were all so beautiful and well worth visiting.
We saw all of Las Vegas and really glad we've done it. All the hotels were amazing. I will always remember driving towards Las Vegas, you're just driving for hours through dessert and it suddenly pops up out of nowhere.
Never been somewhere where so many people say they keep coming back. Thank you for finding me this holiday destination.
Amazing New York highlights were a Broadway show, Central Park, Empire State building and Time Square. We visited MoMA which was amazing to see all best artwork in the world, we were just not expecting it, every room we went into there was another masterpiece. Our hotel was under a mile from the subway station and we saw how the New Yorkers live and commute.
Expectations were to see lakes and mountains. But with National Park Traveller's help there was something to do everywhere we turned.