Two… yes, two
World Heritage Sites

Allerdale is well connected to its history and culture, boasting not one, but two World Heritage Sites. 

The Lake District National Park is known and loved by many. But what you may not know is that much of it is in Allerdale, including areas such as Keswick and Caldbeck, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful lakes such as Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Loweswater and Thirlmere, not to mention all the magnificent fells and places in between.

Allerdale includes the start of the Hadrian’s Wall Trail in Bowness-on-Solway, and a series of  exceptional artefacts from the wall can be seen on display at the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport. The Hadrian’s Cycleway also passes through our area and is a  starting point for exploring undiscovered parts of Allerdale by bicycle.

Lake District World Heritage

On the 10th July 2017, the Lake District received UNESCO World Heritage Site status,
positioning us alongside attractions such as the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and
the Great Barrier Reef. We welcome you to join us to celebrate this achievement and visit
the UK’s largest World Heritage Site.

The Lake District joins Hadrian’s Wall to become the second World Heritage Site in
Cumbria making the county an ideal destination for those interested in culture,
history and conservation.

Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage

Stretching from Ravenglass Roman Bath House in the West of Cumbria,
Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage monuments in Cumbria go across the county
to Gilsland on the Northumberland border. The wall itself was built
between 122 and 128 AD and stretches 150 miles to Wallsend on
the east coast of England.

2017 marked 30 years since the inscription of Hadrian’s Wall as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, sharing an anniversary with globally recognised places such as
the Great Wall of China, Killimanjaro National Park and Westminster Abbey.

In 2005 Hadrian’s Wall became part of a much larger, much more ambitious,
transnational’ World Heritage Site as the German Limes were added, followed
by the Antonine Wall in 2008, to create the Frontiers of the Roman Empire (FRE).

In the second century AD, the Roman Frontiers encompassed much of Europe,
the Middle East and North Africa. It is hoped that other stretches of FRE
will be inscribed by UNESCO to the ‘
transnational’ site, eventually
making the FRE one of the largest World Heritage Sites of all.

Man and Mountains: Chris Bonington

Keswick Museum, daily until 6 Januray 2019

Keswick Museum


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