Lake District theme park: Thousands oppose Langdale quarry plans

Thousands of people have signed a petition opposing turning a Lake District quarry into a “theme park”.

Plans are being developed to install a rollercoaster-style ride, high-rope courses and zip lines at Elterwater quarry in Langdale Valley.

Opponents said it was an “unsuitable” location and would increase traffic.

Quarry owners Holker Group said it would become a “heritage attraction” and include educational elements about the area’s geology.

The online petition was started at the weekend by a group called Zip Off Langdale.

It said: “Langdale is the jewel in the crown of the Lake District, and its natural beauty, landscapes, traditions, and tranquillity attract tourists and locals alike.

A Holker Group spokesman said the attraction would “bring out the history of the Lake District stone-quarry industry” and explain “how slate has influenced the vernacular” of the national park.

“We are keen to educate people with the history of this business that we have been in for over 200 years,” he said.

“It’s an immersive experience where people will move around the quarry void and quarry caverns.”

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