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The Lake District designated World Heritage Site

The Lake District Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

The Lake District has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

UNESCO, the watchdog in charge of the register, made the decision at its annual meeting in Poland this afternoon.

It gives the area the same official status as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

It's the third time the national park has tried to get the status.