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Landscape Charity to hold Thirlmere zip wires protest rally

Thirlmere valley, photo credit Rod Ireland

[F]riends of the Lake District is to hold a protest rally on Saturday 27th January to bring people together to show the strength of feeling against the development of a zip wire attraction over Thirlmere, before the application goes to the Lake District National Park planning committee.

Douglas Chalmers, Chief Executive of Friends of the Lake District said, “National Parks were established to conserve the natural beauty of special areas, and these zip wires would destroy the character of this landscape and the undeveloped views and peace of this valley. Zip wires are not a bad thing, but Thirlmere is not the right place for them. This protest will be an uplifting, inspiring and peaceful get-together allowing some of the thousands who feel the same to join together in visible protest against the plans.”

Those wishing to attend must book places on free transport which will take them to an undisclosed location to hear a range of speakers covering topics such as:

  • What is the purpose of our National Park?
  • How does this proposal conflict with the policies that are in place to protect it?
  • A Parish perspective.
  • The artistic and spiritual influence of the landscapes of the Lake District.
  • What does adventure in the outdoors mean?
  • A young person’s view.

The event is expected to last for approximately 1 1/2 hours (11am – 12:30pm) Transport pick-ups will be from Windermere, Grasmere, Ambleside, Penrith, Threlkeld, Keswick and St John’s in the Vale. Full details of how to book to attend the rally can be found on Friends of the Lake District’s website:

Anyone who can’t attend the rally can send messages of support, including words, pictures or a poem to [email protected]

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