We’re delighted to hear that the Peak District National Park Authority, Natural England and English Heritage are taking action to protect Pin Dale near Castleton from irresponsible off-roading. Pin Dale is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its nationally important limestone geology. It also has historic lead working remains, and rare habitats for unique plants and flowers.
Pin Dale is particularly vulnerable because it has an unsurfaced track that is legal for cars and trail-bikes. The problem has been irresponsible drivers and riders who have used it as a race-track or rubbish dump – and driving off road.
Fencing and barriers are going up to allow the grass to recover, but won’t keep walkers out. Work to reduce damage is planned for later this year. We’ve been lobbying for action at Pin Dale as part of our Take Back the Tracks campaign.