Originally Posted by Mark Halliday
Well, get out there and lobby your MP, the local council. Get access to the Definative Maps, do your research and act.
Join GLASS, LARA and the Motorbike group (whose name I forget). Liase with the council and organise lane clearing, and show the dog walkers, ramblers, horse riders and other do-gooder townies that you care more than them.
DON'T just go out and rip up the surface and try to get stuck. It gives the rest of us a bad name.
Actually what causes the problem is people going in big groups - "just out for a laugh with their mates".
A VERY good friend of mine owns a farm where the local Roman Road virtually goes through his farmyard. He has no opbjection to the odd Land Rover purring through on it's own but when you have 12 of them on a jolly it is a TOTALLY different matter. Even worse are the bikes - a 4x4 you will hardly hear at over 100yds but a motorbike is totally different - especially when you have 30 of them!!!
Motorbikes have caused most of the probs but of course they won't just ban bikes so everyone else has to suffer.
One of the least damaging of all must be a proper quad like the farmers use - lower ground pressure than a human an quiet with it. 2 stroke bikes have NO PLACE in the National Parks.
I have tried telling people until I am blue in the face that if people carry on going in these big convoys we will end up with no offroading at all - people just don't listen and the LR mags along with Bike groups etc still organise the damn things - then they whinge about all the routes being closed!!!
I see it from all sides - have walked in the Beacons since a kid - live very near by - drive my Landie there and have TOTAL respect for the countryside.
There just aren't enough people to lobby this cause - too many bloody ramblers(old gits) about - look what happened at Windemere!!!