We're celebrating repairs to a much-loved piece of moorland on the edge of Sheffield. We've been campaigning for two years against 4x4 drivers and trail bikers devastating a precious area of Houndkirk Moor near Ringinglow. Irresponsible drivers have been wrecking an area of open moorland just above Parson House Farm which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. They created an off-road playground for themselves, and we said they had to be stopped.
A team from the Moors for the Future Project has just finished fencing off the area, repairing the battered ground, and helping the heather to regenerate. They have also put in stiles so walkers can still use the two footpaths there. After raising awareness of the damage, we met with Natural England, the Peak District National Park Authority and Sheffield City Council to work out what to do to stop off-roaders and protect the land.
"Moors for the Future have done a brilliant job! We really want to thank them for the hard work. Fingers crossed, those off-roaders will now steer clear of Houndkirk,” says John King, our Planning Officer.
We've now has our sights set firmly on other Peak District spots that are being carved up by off-roaders. We’re lobbying for action at places like Chapel Gate near Edale and Long Causeway at Stanage Edge. The Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council have published their plans for managing eight of the worst affected routes, but we’re disappointed that nothing’s being done yet.
We're campaigning for: the most sensitive routes to be closed to 4x4s and trail bikes; the police to take firmer action against illegal off-roading; and innovative solutions such as developing less-sensitive areas for off-roading.