Lake District succeeds in bid to be named as a World Heritage Site
The Lake District has been named as a World Heritage Site, Unesco has announced.
The north-west England beauty spot joins sites including the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge on the prestigious list.
The culture organisation tweeted: "Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site: The English Lake District."
Lord Clark of Windermere, who chaired the Lake District's bid, said the decision to recognise the region's culture, art and literature, as well as its landscape, was "momentous".
He said: "It is this exceptional blend which makes our Lake District so spectacularly unique and we are delighted Unesco has agreed.
"A great many people have come together to make this happen, and we believe the decision will have long and lasting benefits for the spectacular Lake District landscape, the 18 million visitors we welcome every year and for the people who call the National Park their home."