Re Lake District
Will visit Lake District on the way to Glasgow next month, are they any particular highlights that I must see for quick visitor in this next year nomination? and any recommend for Glasgow? Thanks
You say "quick visit" but don't indicate what means of transport you are using "on the way to Glasgow" and what would be available to you when there.
Assuming you are going to use car or public transport rather than walking, the best picture of the Lake District is, in my view, obtained from the central town of Keswick and taking the circular route south to Seatoller, west to Buttermere over the Honister Pass and back to Keswick over the Whinlatter Pass - a round trip of a mere 28 miles. It takes in a few lakes and mountains and introduces the man-made cultural landscape aspects.
If you don't have a car then there is a bus which does it until end Oct - called the "Honister Rambler". See http://www.golakes.co.uk/Keswick-Honister-Rambler-(77-or-77A)/details/?dms=3&venue=50 54973
and https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g186327-i1067-k8463245-Honister_Rambler_bus-K eswick_Lake_District_Cumbria_England.html
Really the area justifies getting off and doing some walking - weather permitting of course. You are unlikely to be equipped for mountain walking but there are nice lakeside walks near Keswick and the above bus allows getting off and on if you have a day ticket. The area is infamous for its rains and Seatoller is only a mile or so from the wettest place in England!!
I personally would stay away from the real "honeypot" area of Lake Windermere, Grasmere and Hawkshead with the cottages of poets such as Wordsworth and Potter -though the Nomination File for the Lake district does make an OUV point about the area's impact on Romantic literature and art (e.g JM Turner - https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=turner %20lake%20district
). I don't know how interested in these matters you are.
If however you are travelling between London and Glasgow by rail then the 2 main stops to get off are Kendal and Penrith. The former is better for Windermere etc and the latter for Keswick - but they both require extra transport in from the railhead. In terms of "speed" I suspect that Kendal would be a better bet so, depending on your available time and means of transport you may have to concentrate on this area.
On the other hand Keswick is only a 2 hour 15 minute drive south of Glasgow along a good and not too busy motorway (unlike many in UK!) so it might be worth considering getting quickly/directly to Glasgow and renting a car there for a 1 day return trip south - you would have plenty of time to get to Keswick and back AND see a lot of the Lake District including the above circular route.
PS. The entire Nomination File is here - http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/projects/whs/lake-district-nominationRe Glasgow.
A much undervalued city.
Its WHS connection is limited to the possibility of buildings by Charles Rennie Macintosh ("Glasgow style", Art Nouveau) being put on UK's T List (The evaluating Committee concluded that "Two of Mackintosh's surviving buildings had been proposed. The Panel considered that at this stage the case had not been made for potential OUV. Mackintosh was influential within Europe but often through designs which were never executed. There was uncertainty about the overall significance of his work and that of contemporary architects. Any future proposal based around his work would need to be supported by a thorough and comprehensive study of the work of architects in this era. This might be an area for research.")
If you have any interest in 19th/20th C architecture and design you might try to visit his Hill House near Glasgow ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_House,_Helensburgh
) or at least the much restored Willow Tea rooms in the city centre ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willow_Tearooms
). Unfortunately his Glasgow Art College suffered a bad fire a couple of years ago
The other cultural area to visit is that of the University and Kelvingrove Museum - a magnificent late Victorian "pile" with some great contents too - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvingrove_Art_Gallery_and_Museum
Given what I understand of your background you might also be interested in the Burrell Collection - A museum of Chinese and Islamic Art put together privately by a wealthy shipping magnate and housed in a purpose built structure - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrell_Collection