The Lake District National Park is home to breathtaking views and some of England's finest scenery while also playing host to a multitude of activities for all to enjoy.

Visit the UK's largest World Heritage Site and indulge yourself in quality, local food and drink in a cosy Lake District pub, inn or an award winning Michelin restaurant. 

Explore the incredible landscape which inspired some of the world's greatest literary minds or walk in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright as you traverse the Lakeland fells he loved so much.

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What is a World Heritage Site?

A World Heritage Site is a landmark or an area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation as having some sort of significance and is then legally protected by international treaties.

The Lake District made the list in July 2017 and now hold the World Heritage Site ties alongside sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, Yosemite National Park and Venice.

About our Lake District:

  • The Lakes is the UK's largest World Heritage Site, with 229,200 hectares of vallesys, fells and fields.
  • The national park was the 31st UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK.
  • Cumbria's 2nd World Heritage Site (Hadrian's Wall is the first).
  • The eighth World Heritage Site in the UK to be looked after by the National Trust.
  • The only World Heritage Site in the UK to be entirely a national park.
  • The 5th cultural landscape World Heritage Site in the UK.

The Three Themes:

There are three themes which must have been met in order for the Lake District to obtain World Heritage Site status. The Lake District National Park Partnership who made the bid for the status felt the Lake District reflected UNESCO's criteria. The three themes are as follows:

  • Identity – a landscape of exceptional beauty, shaped by persistent and distinctive agro-pastoral traditions and local industry which give the Lake District a special character
  • Inspiration – a landscape which has inspired artistic and literary movements and generated ideas about landscapes that have had global influence and left their physical mark
  • Conservation – it is a landscape which has been the catalyst for key developments in the national and international protection of landscapes

Mountain Goat's role:

We here at Mountain Goat are lovers of all things Lakes, from the dramatic valleys and looming peaks to the rolling fields and glistening waters, we want to share everything we possibly can with travelers from around the world. 

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To "get off the beaten track" there are plenty of outdoor activities on offer from walking and cycling to rock climbing and absailing.  If you prefer an amble around the shops and art galleries there is plenty to keep you entertained, with art exhibitions on throughout the year.

If you're short on time, why not take one of our tours? We will get you to hard to reach places and show you the best of the Lakes on our scheduled tours and private tours too.

Visit beauty spots such as Buttermere and Ulswater or delve deep into history at Castlerigg Stone Circle and Hardrian's Wall with our knowledgable and friendly driver guides.

With an abundance of things to do all year round take your self away from the hustle and bustle and let us make your stay a memorable one. 

World Heritage Highlights