Greenburn Hydro Project

A view down the Greenburn valley looking south east

Industrial heritage

From Stone Age axe factory to Victorian gunpowder works, the Langdale valleys have a rich industrial heritage, energised by water power as far back as the 15th century. The Greenburn valley is no exception. As a former copper mine, many features associated with its legacy are still in evidence and of much interest today. The remains of water sluices, leat systems and a waterwheel pit remain visible and the site is now a designated Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). 

Green future

This summer we are starting work on a significant hydropower project nestled in the heart of this valley. When complete it will provide a robust renewable energy solution in a landscape where few other opportunities exist to bring in a guaranteed income 'stream' to support our future conservation work in Little Langdale.

Watch this space

Keep checking back below for regular updates from the project team on how the work is progressing and more about the unique history of this valley. We're looking forward to sharing this exciting project with you as each stage unfolds.

Latest posts

14 Dec 18

The drains get some TLC (Tender lengthsmen care)

Fix the Fells volunteer lengthsmen returned to Greenburn this weekend to give the drains along the footpath up to the mine some much needed TLC. Undeterred by the rain, the lengthsmen cleared the drains from the mine down to the fell gate, which will help to improve conditions underfoot for visitors to the mine. A sterling effort all round.

Lengthsmen clearing drains in the Greenburn valley

12 Dec 18

Commissioning in time for Christmas?

Generation from rainfall is getting closer, which is good news in a wet Cumbria. We have electricity to the powerhouse and the final items required at the intake were installed by contractor Ian Shaw and John Millen, the hydro’s Project Manager. The turbine suppliers, Gilkes, are now testing and commissioning their kit.

Contractor inside a manhole to carry out final instalation on hydro

27 Nov 18

Getting connected

Today saw the arrival of five generators in Little Langdale. These five generators will provide temporary power to the valley whilst Electricity North West connects the hydro to the grid. National Trust rangers were in attendance to ensure that the generators were best placed to avoid any inconvenience to both the properties and surrounding tree roots! Once the connection is in place we can test the hydro and start generating – exciting stuff!

5 generators ready to power Little Langdale whilst the hydro is being connected