The award-winning Leathes Head Hotel, in the Borrowdale Valley near Keswick hosted a special dinner last week with representatives from UNESCO’s cultural heritage advisory body as part of the Lake District’s ongoing nomination for World Heritage Status.
The week-long visit marked a major milestone for the nomination process and involved the Lake District National Park, together with a range of organisations from the partnership, who delivered an outstanding programme showcasing three key themes of the World Heritage Bid: Identity, Inspiration and Conservation.
The Leathes Head Hotel served Hogget from neighbouring Yew Tree Farm at Rosthwaite to a party of twenty including representatives of our farming community who shared with the assessors their own experiences of how farming has shaped the landscape we live in today and how vital preserving our heritage is.
Jamie Adamson, Manager of The Leathes Head Hotel, said: “We are very proud to have been a part of this significant and important visit to the Lake District. It was a crucial part to the World Heritage nomination process and we thoroughly enjoyed being at the heart of the visit, and showing how much the Borrowdale Valley has to offer to the world. We are very much excited about the bid and look forward to 2017.”
After their stay in the Borrowdale Valley, the assessors met representatives of the Caldbeck Commoners Association to discuss common land issues and finished with a boat trip around Derwentwater which also served as a final meeting with members of the World Heritage steering group.
The assessors will now report back to the ICOMOS committee later in the year with the final decisions being made in July 2017.