From Stonehenge to Liverpool to the Lake District, famous sites are under attack from unexpected quarters
When, last July, Unesco added the Lake District to its list of world heritage sites, the awarding committee noted its contribution to conservation itself. Being admired for so long, the place had “inspired an awareness of the importance of beautiful landscapes and triggered early efforts to preserve them”.
Still, as fairground enthusiasts have long been aware, the place is far from perfect. Where, in what Unesco described as a “harmonious landscape in which the mountains are mirrored in the lakes”, is the opportunity to put on a harness and descend, screaming, over one of those lakes, at a speed of 50mph?
Two centuries since Wordsworth put it on the map, the Lake District can offer barely any zip wire experiences – and they’re not even over water.