Hillfarmer and his dog copyright Charlie Hedley

What's so special?

What makes the Lake District so special that it has been made into a National Park?

Special qualities

There are 12 special qualities which we look after for future generations to enjoy:

LakesLakes and rivers

Diverse landscapeDiverse landscape

Ancient woodlandAncient woodlands


Outdoor activitiesOpportunities for outdoor activities

Peace and quietPeace and quiet

Open fellsThe open nature of fells

GeologyVariety of geology

Common landConcentration of common land

ArchaeologyRich archaeology

Attractive villagesAttractive towns and villages

HistoryCelebrated cultural traditions