Glenridding zip wire plan 'could ruin peace'

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Media captionAdventure company Treetop Treks wants to run a cable from an old lead mine above Glenridding.

Plans to install a zip wire on a Lake District fell have met with opposition from businesses and residents.

The company behind the idea, Treetop Treks, wants to run the cable from an old lead mine above Glenridding, allowing people to travel across the valley at speeds of up to 60mph.

However, some feel it could drive away visitors seeking peace and quiet.

More than 100 people attended a meeting in the village, with most saying they were against the idea.

Treetop Treks has yet to submit a planning application to the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA).

'Different interests'

Mike Turner, from the adventure company, said: "In life 'no' is often noisier than 'yes'.

"That doesn't mean the 'no' vote isn't relevant, it is.

"But there are people here who support it.

"The message I'm trying to get across is that developments of this kind, adventure activities, have a place in the Lake District, and they will make part of its future."

Andrew Laverick, who runs a local shop, said: "If you had it up there, on all those classic walks up to Helvellyn, you'd actually be walking under the zip wire.

"It would ruin it.

"So many people come here for these classic Lake District walks and if it goes ahead a lot of people who traditionally love coming here would just stay away."

Richard Leafe, from the LDNPA, said: "I think it is fair to say that people have different interests.

"There are different activities that people like to do and we need to debate where in the national park those kind of facilities might go."

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