To celebrate this new status, we've put together some of the best of the lakes to visit in the region.
It wouldn't be right not to put the lakes as the first thing to see when you visit this stunning area. Lake Windermere is probably the best known and offers a wide range of activities including paddleboarding, cruising, canoeing and sailing.
If you prefer to stay on land, you can explore the wonderful surroundings in Windermere town and its neighbouring villages such as off road driving, treetop treks and a spot of golf at Windermere Golf Club.
There is also a plethora of restaurants around the lake, most of which look out over the beautiful body of water and offer tasty snacks and hearty British meals.
For those who want a quieter place to visit, try Coniston, a village known for its former mining and quarrying industries. Here there is the lake as well as mountains and waterfalls to peruse. Coniston Water is one of the largest lakes in Cumbria and is around 5 miles long.
If you've got a couple of hours to spare, take a Full Lake Cruise on a Steam Yacht Gondola. This one-off experience is a great way to see all the wonderful scenery but save your feet from all the trekking! It costs around £20 for an adult and half as much for children; there are also family tickets available at discounted prices.
From here, take a drive up to Ambleside, a town which sits at the top of Lake Windermere. This is home to a huge range of shops where you can grab any gifts or souvenirs for your family and friends at home as well as a chance to admire the old stone buildings including a particularly beautiful house built over a river.