The Lake District is the most popular national park in Britain, according to an opinion poll for the BBC Countryfile magazine.
Readers voted the Lakes into top spot ahead of the Peak District, with Northumberland in third, reflecting the enjoyment many will have gained from spending hours in their walking trousers
, climbing gear or on mountain bikes
in the area, among other activities.
Editor of the magazine Fergus Collins said: "It is no wonder that people from all over the world flock to this iconic British landscape of crystal waters and inspiring fells."
And director of park services at the national park authority Bob Cartwright called the award "a great present for our 60th birthday year".
The national park authority will receive a commemorative plaque that will be displayed at its headquarters in Kendal.
Covering 2,292 sq km, the Lake District includes England's largest lake (Windermere), its deepest lake (Wast Water) and highest mountain (Scafell Pike).