WITH THE Lake District’s recent elevation to a Unesco World Heritage site you can expect tourism in the pretty villages and small towns of this glorious region of peaks and valley, lakes and rivers, to go ballistic.
Already the streets of Ambleside are a magnet for the Japanese visitors drawn to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm.
But how will it affect the people who live there? Will there be even more of a scramble for holiday homes, leaving locals out in the cold?
“It will probably bring more tourists to the area but in terms of property I don’t think it will make a huge amount of difference,” says estate agent Peter Baker.
The main reason, he says, is that as a national park the Lake District has a limited number of homes and planning rules for new-builds are very strict.