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Video: 'Exceptional' Lake District named as World Heritage Site


The Lake District has been awarded World Heritage Site status, Unesco has announced.

The region in north-west England joins sites including the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge on the prestigious list.

The international culture organisation tweeted: "Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site: The English Lake District."

There are now 31 World Heritage Sites in the UK, including the city of Bath, the Tower of London, Canterbury Cathedral and the Giant's Causeway.

A Unesco committee in Krakow, Poland, backed the national park in Cumbria - home to England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike - which was among 33 nominations all over the world.

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