The Peak District National Park Authority is consulting on whether trail-bikes, quad bikes and 4x4s should be permanently banned from two key green lanes.
A six-week public consultation is running until November 2 on proposed Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to exclude motor vehicles from the Long Causeway (a 3.6km route between Sheffield and Hathersage) and the Roych (a 3.5km stretch of the Pennine Bridleway near Chapel-en-le-Frith).
Both are former packhorse routes. The Long Causeway crosses the spectacular Stanage Edge, following a route between Redmires and Hathersage. The Roych track is part of the Pennine Bridleway, a national trail dedicated principally to horse-riders, but is also used by cyclists and walkers.
Both are extremely environmentally sensitive areas that have been damaged by off-roading activity. Because of this, we have been campaigning to get them closed to traffic.
The National Park Authority is making the proposals due to damage to the areas through which the routes run, and the effect on other users such as walkers, cyclists and horse-riders and on people who live nearby. They follow a lengthy period of monitoring and attempts to manage vehicle use on the routes.
It has already consulted with the highways authorities, parish councils, recreational user groups and environmental groups – including us. Like us, the majority of these favoured permanent bans.
We are expecting off-roaders to organise thousands of people to say no to the proposals – so It is really important that you let the National Park Authority know that Long Causeway and the Roych should be closed.
You can see the documents at the Peak District National Park Authority HQ, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, and send comments to the Rights of Way team at that address.