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Peak District to offer more protection from off-roaders

Posted 5 December 2011
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Peak District to offer more protection from off-roaders
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The Peak District National Park Authority has allocated extra funds to help combat the problem of off-road vehicles damaging paths and bridleways, something those who like to go walking may welcome.

It is to spend £100,000 over two years to tackle the issue of 4x4s and trail bikes, with a range of measures including more traffic regulation orders to keep such vehicles away from certain locations and giving encouragement to the public to report illegal activities.

The funds will also help employ an office holder with a dedicated role of dealing with the matter, as well as paying for legal work.

National park audit, resources and performance committee chair Chris Pennell said: "We want people to enjoy this much-loved landscape for the benefits of recreation but in ways that don't harm the environment."

He noted that unauthorised off-roading can damage tracks and make them awkward or even dangerous for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

However, there are some locations where such activities are permitted and perfectly legal.

Problems with illegal off-roading in other national parks have included two recent cases of a 4X4 being driven up Snowdon, which led to a man being charged and a vehicle seized.