A PETITION opposing plans to turn a Lake District quarry into an 'adventure tourism experience' has now hit 30,000 signatures.

Burlington Stone says it wants to set up an 'immersive', educational attraction at Elterwater Quarry.

The project would see visitors move around the quarry area courtesy of high ropes and a 'cavern toboggan' ride - previously referred to as a 'cavern coaster'. This would be a toboggan-style ride on a track.

Those not taking part would be able to watch on from vantage points and learn more about the history of the quarry and the slate industry.

But critics of the scheme have suggested references to 'heritage interpretation' and electric vehicle charging points are 'greenwash nods' and accused Burlington Stone of trying to erect a theme park.

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An online petition set up the weekend before last to oppose the plans has now surpassed 30,000 signatures.

"Langdale is the jewel in the crown of the Lake District, and its natural beauty, landscapes, traditions, and tranquility attract tourists and locals alike," says the preamble to the document, set up by Zip Off Langdale.

"It is not a suitable location for theme park rides, and there’s no accommodation for their staff."

The petition can be found by visiting tinyurl.com/2p8kxrcf

A planning application for the site is currently being developed.