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Concern for walkers as zip wire plan 'to proceed'

Posted 4 April 2011
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Concern for walkers as zip wire plan 'to proceed'
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Plans for a zip wire in the Lake District's Honister Pass will be submitted this year, it has been revealed, something that may concern those who like to go walking in the area.

The idea was the brainchild of the late Mark Weir, owner of the adjacent Honister Slate Mine, who recently died in a helicopter crash.

However, the mine is keen to press ahead with is plan to site the wire on a route descending from Fleetwith Pike to Black Scar.

A spokesman confirmed it will be named the "Zip Weir" in memory of the deceased owner, adding: "Many people have told us not to give up on the zip wire because they think it would be a tribute to him."

Original plans for the wire were withdrawn last year amid opposition from organisations like Friends of the Lake District but Mr Weir had planned to re-submit them.

The pressure group had expressed concern at the wire being so close to the walkers' route to Haystacks, as well as wider environmental concerns.