Riders take to roads to protest over Peak ban

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Motorcyclists and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts took to Peak District roads for a go-slow protest against plans to ban motorised users from lanes in the national park.

Trail bike and quad riders and 4x4 drivers were joined by protesters on modern road bikes and classic motorcycles on a circuit around some of the park’s tourist attractions.

Protesters are concerned by plans by the park authority to close Long Causeway, near Hathersage, and Roych Clough, near Chapel-en-le-Frith, to motorised vehicles

A spokesman for The Peak District Vehicle Users Group, protest organisers, said: “We co-operate with the park authority and police in efforts to eliminate illegal ‘off-roading’.

“We want people to enjoy the park in responsible ways, but sadly people who do not share this view appear to have gained the upper hand through running misleading propaganda campaigns.

“We took to the tarmac to enjoy a slow drive through the Peak District. We normally travel at these speeds or slower when we are off-tarmac, enjoying the countryside, just as those on foot, horseback or in the saddle of a bicycle do.

“We only have access to 2 per cent of the unsurfaced rights of way in the park.

“Those who do not wish to encounter us have 100 per cent of the footpaths and bridleways, plus all the right-to-roam land. We are not asking for anything new or special, just to be allowed to hold on to the little that we do have.”

Coun Garry Purdy, of the park authority’s resources committee, said: “We want to hear everyone’s views and will make a final decision in the light of all the evidence and feedback.”

The consultation closes on Friday, November 2.