Protest held over Peak green lane vehicle ban

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Hundreds of motorcycles and 4x4 enthusiasts took part in another go slow protest against plans to ban motor vehicles from Peak District green lanes.

The national park authority is consulting on proposals for the restrictions covering routes including Long Causeway, which runs between Redmires and Hathersage.

The protest, held yesterday, covered a route from Monsal Head to Buxton, into the Hope Valley, Baslowm Chatsworth and Bakewell.

A spokesman for organisers, the Trail Riders’ Fellowship, said: “Motorcyclists and motorists have been using the unsurfaced routes of the Peak District since the earliest years of the 20th Century.

“Our use of these routes dates back long before the ramblers’ illegal mass trespass on Kinder Scout or the formation of the national park. We have a legal right to use these roads, which we intend to keep.

“The national park authority has already suffered one expensive defeat in the High Court on this matter, but this does not seem to have tempered their enthusiasm for seeking to curtail our legitimate enjoyment of the park at the bidding of a vocal few.”

The national park authority lost a High Court challenge over a ban on motor vehicles from Chapel Gate, near Chapel-en-le-Frith.

A judge ruled that the wording used in the reasons for the order was incorrect.