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National park to consult on green lanes

Posted 21 September 2012
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The Peak District National Park Authority has launched a consultation on the question of whether motorised vehicles should be banned from two green lanes.

Over the next six weeks up until November 2nd the public will be able to say if they want trail bikes, quad bikes and 4x4s to be barred from using the Long Causeway and the Roych routes.

The Long Causeway is 3.6 km long and lies between Sheffield and hathersage, while the Roych covers 3.5 km of the Pennine Bridleway close to Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Vice-chair of the park authority's audit, resources and performance committee Councillor Garry Purdy said: "Both routes are very popular and cross some of the most environmentally-sensitive areas of the national park. These proposals follow a lengthy period of monitoring and attempts to manage vehicle use on the routes.

"We have already sought the views of the highways authorities, parish councils, recreational user groups and environmental groups, the majority of whom favoured permanent bans."

The trackes were originally packhorse routes, so those who take to the countryside wearing riding helmets may have a particular interest, as a vehicle-free route could be more horse-friendly.

National park bosses have listed 24 priority routes of this kind whose futures need to be decided, with action plans for their future management in 16 cases.

The issue of whether a green lane or bridleway should be barred to motorised vehicles is one that can often arouse striong views on both sides of the debate.

Many would prefer the only wheels on such trails to be those of mountain bikes and believe horse riders and those who go walking should be undisturbed by motors.

However, enthusiasts for such motorised activities are keen to maintain their own outdoor activities and believe they are as entitled to use the routes as anyone else.

The Lake District saw one such case when a lengthy battle over the Walna Scar Road in Coniston eventually ended in a confirmed ban on motor vehicles on the route in February this year.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801453917-ADNFCR