Protecting the Peak District

The off-roading fraternity has had things its own way in the Peak Park for far too long. Now, at last, the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) is starting to use the legal powers Parliament gave it back in 2007 to ban 4x4s and trail bikes from any unsurfaced lane or byway if these vehicles are putting other people in danger or damaging the environment.

It is a pity that PDNPA did not act sooner and nip the off-roading problem in the bud before the damage and the danger reached its current scale, but it is to be congratulated on its new determination to use the powers that Parliament gave it.

We urge all Derbyshire residents who care about the National Park and their local byways to take part in the PDNPA consultations about excluding off-road vehicles from the Roych (part of the Pennine Bridleway above Chipley) and from Long Causeway, the ancient unsurfaced highway which crosses Stanage Edge and links Sheffield with Hathersage. Details are on the PDNPA website.

Readers can find out more about the campaign against offroading at

Patricia Stubbs
Chair, Peak District Green Lanes Alliance