Save Langdale (Lake District) from a Rollercoaster Theme Park

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Sad news announced of a planned theme park in Elterwater in the heart of the Langdale valley, in the Lake District World Heritage Site. Planning application expected in days. We stand against these plans, as we did against Thirlmere zip wires.

The proposed location is in the Elterwater Quarry, currently owned by Burlington Stone, and they have partnered with Zip World to provide the theme park rides and installations. Zip World is cited as operating in World Heritage Sites (plural) on their website;

The rides that are planned include a roller coaster and a high ropes course. The railed roller coaster would loop around a large area of the site, and into a quarry cave. We strongly believe that the National Park is being developed as a theme park.

Zip World (now worth £45 million, after a recent investment round) has just bought Treetop Treks, who they previously partnered for their attempt to install zip wires across Thirlmere. Zip World now have a foothold in the Lake District, based at Brockhole. Their landlord at Brockhole is the Lake District National Park Authority, through whom they would make the planning application for Elterwater Quarry. Surely a demonstrable conflict of interest?

Langdale and Elterwater cannot cope with increased traffic, and extra shuttle buses between the Brockhole and Elterwater Zip World sites. The plans outline a major new car park in Elterwater, contrary to World Heritage Site aims & sustainability.

Footpaths cross under the roller coaster, causing potential access, noise and safety issues. We note greenwash nods to EV charging points and heritage interpretation, next to the thundering theme park rides.

Langdale is the jewel in the crown of the Lake District, and its natural beauty, landscapes, traditions, and tranquility attract tourists and locals alike. It is not a suitable location for theme park rides, and there’s no accommodation for their staff.

We are local residents who will passionately campaign against this Zip World Elterwater Lake District development. Please sign this petition to show Zip World and the LDNPA that you don’t want Langdale and the Lake District turned into a theme park.

We will update this petition with the latest news and developments, as details emerge. Thank you for your support!

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