Angry vehicle users to gate crash Peak party

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Angry vehicle users are planning to gate-crash a Peak Park celebration to show their frustration at being banned from a green lane.

This Sunday, members from the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) and the Greenlane Association (GLAS) are to descend on Castleton Visitor Centre in what is expected to be the largest protest to date.

Disgruntled demonstrators will turn up on their bikes and 4x4 vehicles to “join in with the fun” at a Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) organised event, which marks the end of National Parks Week.

TRF Chairman Mike Irving said: “We have invited all our members to join the celebrations. We have a right to be there just like anybody else. And we will be there.”

The group will then take a “slow ride” around nearby roads.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “This action can only be disruptive and distressing to children and their families. I would urge the members to reconsider and resist the invitation from their leaders.”

Earlier this month the PDNPA decided a Traffic Regulation Order banning vehicles is necessary on the Roych – a 3.5km section of the Pennine Bridleway.