On 16 December 2019, the Guardian reported that campaigners are launching a legal challenge to the Lake District National Park Authority’s decision not to ban 4x4s and trail motorbikes from farm tracks. Ramblers volunteers in the Lake District have been working closely with other partners to assess the situation in the Lake District. Our network of volunteers work actively across the country to respond to landscape issues in their local areas, applying their expert knowledge of their landscape, walking environment, community and economy.
We are pleased to support their decision to support calls on the Lake District National Park authority to introduce a traffic regulation order to control the use of off road vehicles on tracks between Little Langdale and High Tilberthwaite, and support campaign action coordinated by the Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement (GLEAM). This is necessary in order to protect the safety of walkers and the sense of peace and tranquillity of the landscape.
At the Ramblers, we protect public rights of way so that everyone can experience the natural beauty of the countryside and enjoy the benefits of walking in nature. Vehicular use of byways should not prevent anyone from enjoying the outdoors on foot. The effect of vehicles on the walking surface and on the safety and enjoyment of walkers are relevant and important considerations for any highway authority, including national parks. You can read more about our position on off-road vehicles here.
Find out more about the campaign here, where you can also make a contribution to the legal action coordinated by GLEAM.