Plans for Thirlmere zip wire revealed

Date: Tuesday 28th November 2017

A PLANNING application has been submitted for eight zip wires at Thirlmere and a major series of cycleway improvements.

The proposal seeks to allow an estimated 66,000 visitors a year to fly over the reservoir on zip wires measuring 3,280ft (1,000m) long, and 3,937ft (1,200m) long.

Participants would take off 280m up on the eastern side and travel to the western shore. They would then be transported 357 metres up the western side below Fisher Crag, and return by zip wires to the eastern side above the A591.

The application has been submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority by agents representing Mike Turner, managing director of Tree Top Trek, Brockhole.

The business would be based at Swirls car park. It would require a small extension to the toilets to create a reception area and changing facility, along with 65 additional car parking spaces.

The equivalent of 28 full-time jobs would be created with the opening hours proposed being 8am until 9pm Monday to Sunday, including bank holidays.

The project, called the Thirlmere activity hub, also seeks to make improvements to 18km of cycle paths. Landscape charity the Friends of the Lake District has urged its members and opponents to the zip wires to ensure the “developer and planning authority” are aware of people’s feelings.

“We believe that the Thirlmere Valley should be protected from inappropriate commercial development.

“We consider the siting of zip wires east-west across Thirlmere to be wholly inappropriate in this location and we object strongly to this element of the proposal.” The Friends supports the cycleway plans.

The deadline for submissions is 2nd January, 2018. The planning application reference number is 2017/2298. The Lake District National Park Authority has said no date had yet been set for the application to be heard.