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.
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