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Honister set for new controversy?

Posted 2 November 2011
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Honister set for new controversy?
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The Honister Slate Mine is heading for a new day of reckoning as it seeks to negotiate an addition to its controversial Via Ferrata on Fleetwith Pike.

Having had its bid to set up a zipwire turned down, the mine has said it is looking to extend the Via Ferrata in the wake of coverage of the issue in a BBC documentary screened last month.

It is seeking an agreement with Natural England that will enable it to expand the facility, something some groups may be opposed to, including many of those who like to go walking in the area.

Friends of the Lake District were among the opponents of the zipwire, despite the fact that its vice-president Chris Bonnington was in favour of the development.

Walkers around Honister can access numerous mountains on either side of the pass, including Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson in the Buttermere Fells, while Great Gable, Green Gable and Haystacks are among those that can be accessed from the south side.