Because of their magnitude, quarries are usual visible from near to distant viewpoints (Ramos et al 2006). The extent of their visibility depends of the size of the quarry, its contrast with the surrounding landscape, and its location relative to other features in the landscape. All these are affected by the distance from which the quarries are viewed.This study assessed the relationship between distance and the attractiveness of reclaimed limestone quarry landscapes. Empirical studies have been conducted to establish the type of relationships that occur between distance and perceived visual qualities of landscapes. Different landscape dimensions have been used in these studies, eliciting different types of relationships (Buhyoff & Wellman 1980; Hull & Bishop 1988; Hull and Buhyoff 1983). However there has not been agreement on any single relationship function between distance and the different landscape dimensions studied.In this study the landscape dimensions studied were reclaimed limestone quarries. Ten different scenarios of reclaimed quarries were simulated by applying different reclamation techniques and different land uses. From these simulations, fifty still images were captured at different distances along an established transect. Ten videos were also recorded along the same transect. These were used in a survey of seventy (70) students from the University of Sheffield. The images were presented through an overhead projector to each individual student at time. Students were asked to rate the quarry landscapes on their attractiveness. The results were divided into three groups based on the students’ field of study. The groups were: Landscape students (twenty seven students from the Landscape Department); Built environment students (twenty three students from Engineering, Architecture and Town and Regional Planning departments) and Others (twenty students from all other disciplines). This was done in order to establish if there was any difference in how the groups perceived the landscapes.It was found that distance had a non-monotonic, quadratic, concave down functional relationship with attractiveness of reclaimed limestone quarry landscapes. These results were significant at p<0.05. The relationship can best be explained by theories of arousal potential and visual complexity of landscapes (Hull & Buhyoff 1983). Arousal potential is related to the level of complexity of landscapes. Thus, as distance decreases, the complexity of a reclaimed quarry becomes more evident, which increases the arousal potential of the quarry. The results of the study will be discussed based on these theories.It was also found that there was no significant difference in how participants from different academic backgrounds perceived the quarry landscapes. This is consistent with the findings by Daniel and Boster (1976) and Lange (2001).