Lake District turns down the world's second longest zipline

Report by The Guardian
Thursday 8th September 2011

Anyone hoping to skim for over a kilometre on a zip line high above the Lake District can set such plans aside for a good long while. Possibly for ever.

After months of public debate, the white knuckle proposal by Honister slate mine has been turned down by the Lake District national park's development control committee, with support from five members squashed by nine opponents.

The wire would have run from Black Star crag on Fleetwith Pike fell to the mine's visitor centre at the summit of Honister pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere, allowing daring zippers to reach speeds of 60mph on the 1200m (4000ft) descent.


Full report available on The Guardian website -



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