Hillfarmer and his dog copyright Charlie Hedley
Hillfarmer and his dog

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




WildlifeWildlife




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