Trust raises concerns over Thirlmere zip wire application

Trust objects to Lake District zip wire proposals

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UPDATED 5 MARCH 2018 - the zipwire plans have been withdrawn. You can also read an article on Friends of the Lake District's website which explains how a Freedom of Information request by Friends of the Lake District to the Lake District National Park Authority shows that Planning Officers would have recommended the application for REFUSAL on grounds of harm to the landscape if the applicant had not withdrawn the application.


After careful deliberation the Trust has submitted an objection to the proposal for the development of a zipwire attraction and associated works at Thirlmere in the Lake District.

We are concerned about the potential impacts on landscape character, visual amenity, tranquillity and conflict with various policies and regulation in relation to the special status of this area as a National Park, in particular, the Sandford Principle, which states that conservation must have priority in the National Parks.

We contend that there are alternative sites and no overriding need for this development in this special landscape. Even within the National Park there are areas where the impact on landscape and tranquillity would not be so damaging.

The Trust, which has recently taken over the management of Glenridding Common has a particular interest in the experience that walkers would have when they are approaching Helvellyn from the west.

Read our objection here