Bikers call for more access to moorland

Off road motorcyclists from the Trail Riders Fellowship hold 'Right to Roam' protest in the Peak District
Off road motorcyclists from the Trail Riders Fellowship hold 'Right to Roam' protest in the Peak District

MOTORCYCLISTS held their own celebrations to mark 80 years of open access to Peak District moorland - by riding out on their bikes.

The event, organised by the Trail Riders Fellowship, involved about 100 people.

The fellowship is calling for bikers to have more access to the moors - as national park bosses are considering further restrictions on where they can ride.

Members say that, while walkers now enjoy unfettered access to 500 sq kilometres of open countryside within the park, plus a network of 3,510 designated rights of way ranging from footpaths to unclassified county roads, just a tiny percentage of the rights of way are open to vehicles.

In a letter of protest sent to the Peak District National Park Authority, the fellowship said: “Our members seek only to be able to ride road-legal motorcycles in a responsible manner on legal carriageways.

“We respectfully point out that those who do not wish to encounter us have the benefit of a large number of paths and tracks, plus all the ‘right to roam’ land, where they can ramble without fear of upset.”

Members of the fellowship say that they help maintain the park’s network of unsurfaced roads and also help to bring in revenue to the park.