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Temporary vehicle exclusion leaves track for walkers

Posted 3 June 2011
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Temporary vehicle exclusion leaves track for walkers
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Those who like to go walking or ride mountain bikes will be alone in using a Peak District trail for a time, after the national park authority imposed a temporary exclusion order on a byway.

For the next 18 months, vehicles like quad bikes and 4X4s will be barred from the Chapel Gate route between Edale and Chapel-en-le-Frith the authority's audit, resources and performance committee has decided.

It took the action because of damage to the route, including deep ruts and exposed rocks, which will now get a chance to recover.

Committee chair Christopher Pennell commented: "We agree that time is needed for the landscape to recover and to establish whether that recovery is sustained over two growing seasons with motorised traffic excluded."

A public enquiry on the matter drew 309 submission in favour of the ban and 207 against.

Earlier this week, the Lake District barred motorised vehicles from using the Garburn Track Road, a pass between Troutbeck and Kentmere.