This weekend the news was in: after four attempts or so, The Lake District has been awarded world heritage status by UNESCO. It joins a list of impressive sites from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, to the Historic District of Old Quebec in Canada, to Ancient Thebes in Egypt, to Mont-Saint-Michel in France, to an almost never ending list of locations (rightly so), including of course our very own City of Valletta, The Megalithic Temples of Malta and Gozo and Ħal Salfieni Hypogeum.
There are arguments for and against this, which I will not go into here. The main reason is I simply have not read and researched enough on the subject to form a definite opinion on the subject.
You know, I want to avoid doing a ‘Donald’ so to speak. What I will say is that I do have my reservations. I say this out of concern and love for the place. However, whatever our stance has been, the decision has been taken, and the news confirmed yesterday. The Lake District is in.
It wasn’t my plan to post something today, but another nasty fall
yes, another one on Saturday, darn it has kept me home. I caught up with my reading which is a good thing, and I found this set of photos in my archives from last year’s trip to the Lakes. I have gone through this year’s bunch but I still need to sort out some editing issues before publishing. The following are some of my favourites.
If you are interested in some articles on the subject, I read a couple on George Monboit’s blog. You can also download part of the bid supporting the nomination for heritage status here.
For those readers asking me about good walks around the Lakes, J and I did a similar route to this one two trips ago. It was one of the prettiest walks I’ve been to and I would highly recommend it, especially if you’re interested in visiting Wordsworth’s stomping grounds.
Hope you enjoyed these. Others from 2017 will follow on the blog, but in the meantime you can get a glimpse of some on my Instagram feed.