Protesters to return to Peak District Tarmac

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Operators may wish to take note of the dates listed here and amend any scheduled excursions to the Peak District area to avoid being caught in slow-moving traffic.

Trail-riding protesters are set to return to the tarmac roads of the Peak District for four more times this year in objection to attempts to ban them from 25 of the most important lanes in the National Park.

Motorcyclists of the Trail Riders Fellowship will be joined by 4×4 drivers from all over the country and local enthusiasts operating under the umbrella of the Peak District Vehicle Users Group in a series of ‘slow driving’ rides on Peak District roads on 21 October, 25 November and 30 December.

The ‘Back to Tarmac’ days follow a successful day of action on August Bank Holiday Sunday, during which hundreds of motorcycles and 4x4s were driven slowly around the park.

Protest organisers hope to highlight to locals the unintended consequences of a green lane ban for vehicles.

A spokesman said: “We enjoy pottering about the countryside, using legal unsurfaced rights-ofway on our bikes and in our 4x4s. If we can no longer enjoy this experience on legal rights of way, then we will recreate it on tarmac roads.

“The Peak District National Park has allocated £100,000 of taxpayer’s money to fund its ban. PDVUG and the TRF believe that this money could have been better spent improving facilities for all.”

The motorcycles will travel no faster than 25 mph with the 4x4s going far slower, taking in many of the tourist sites of the National Park.