Lake District National Park

protected area of the Lake District

The Lake District National Park is a National Park in North West England. It includes all of the central Lake District. The town of Kendal, some coastal areas, and the Lakeland Peninsulas are outside the park boundary.

Lake District National Park
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Skiddaw massif, town of Keswick and Derwent Water seen from Walla Crag
LocationUnited Kingdom (North West England)
Area2,362 km2 (912 sq mi)
Established9 May 1951
  • Annual visitors: 16.4 million
  • Annual day visits: 24 million[1]
Governing bodyLake District National Park Authority
CriteriaCultural: ii, v, vi
Inscription2017 (41st Session)

The area was made a national park on 9 May 1951.

It is the most visited national park in the United Kingdom with 16.4 million visitors per year and more than 24 million visitor-days per year.[1]

The Lake District is completely inside Cumbria, a county and administrative unit created in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972.

All the land in England higher than 3,000 feet (914 m) above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "National Park facts and figures". Archived from the original on 27 June 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. Cumbrian Mountains: Philips' Elementary Atlas and Geography, George Philip & Son Ltd, 1882.