UPDATE 31st JANUARY 2024: Friends of the Lake District has submitted a response to the revised proposal, which you can download here. 

Will you join us in standing up for Elterwater again?

Just before Christmas, revised proposals were submitted for a visitor attraction at Elterwater Quarry.  We and many others objected to the original plans due to potential impacts on the character and tranquillity of the area, World Heritage attributes and traffic.

The original plans were refused by the Lake District National Park Authority’s planning committee, who were not satisfied by the transport arrangements for the site.  We remain opposed in principle to a major tourist attraction being established in a small remote community, which is already under huge visitor pressure.  On initial review of the revised Travel Plan, we also remain unconvinced by the measures proposed to address traffic impacts and ensure access to the site by sustainable transport.

We have responded to the application.  We would urge anyone who has an interest in the Elterwater / Langdale area to take look at the plans and make their own views known.


Write to the Lake District National Park Authority

  • Email the Planning Officer Catherine Campbell at [email protected]
  • Or write to Lake District National Park Authority, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, LA9 7RL quoting the reference number 7/2023/5767
  • Send your objection by 31st January if at all possible. However, responses submitted up until a decision is made will still be accepted.  We do not expect a decision to be made until at least 6th March 2024.
  • Ensure you state that your comments relate to application reference number 7/2023/5767 

We've created a template that may help you with making your own response.  You can download it at the link below:

Elterwater Quarry Response Template (Word Doc)


Email us: If you or any of your friends or family work in or have worked in the mines and quarries of Cumbria do share your thoughts with us. Specifically, we'd like to know whether people connected to mining think that a ropes/zipwire course is an appropriate means of educating people about the heritage of the mines/quarries and the lives and work of the quarry workers?’ Please email comment directly to our Planning Officer Lorayne Wall [email protected]