Lake District visitors have been recognised as holidaying in a greener way following an award by the Global Sustainable Tourism Review (GSTR), which names the Lakes 'one of the most sustainable destinations on Earth'.
The list of Top 100 'green' global destinations was drawn up by 30 international tourism sustainability experts, it awards destinations that have taken measurable progress in taking sustainability seriously.
The Lake District was scored across 50 criteria including nature, environment, culture and traditions, social well-being, green economy. The highest score was allocated to its certified green tourism policy.
Richard Leafe, chief executive for Lake District National Park, said:
"We have been working hard through the National Park Partnership to create a truly sustainable destination. It's marvellous to have this work recognised by this award. Our pioneering carbon budget, new sustainable transport options and our encouragement for renewable energy generation are a few of the projects that are helping us improve our sustainability."
Ian Stephens, Cumbria Tourism's managing director, added:
''It's great that the Lake District has been recognised within the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations on the planet for 2014. One thing is certain, that sustainability in all its forms; cultural, economic, social and environmental are integral to destinations and to the provision of quality holidays for visitors, which in turn benefit residents and communities and as such should be encouraged.''
It was also recognised as being in the top four Living Lakes Destinations from around the world, nominated by the Living Lakes Network and confirmed by a panel of 50 independent experts from all over the world, alongside impressive destinations like Lake Vörtsjärv (Estonia), Somkhanda Reserve (South Africa) and Madampa Lake (Sri Lanka).
The Top 100 results can be found on the website www.greendestinations.info