4x4s & trail bikes - Code of Respect agreed for Stanage

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Monday 31 October 2005

31 October 2005

4x4s & trail bikes - Code of Respect agreed for Stanage

A voluntary speed limit of 5mph for 4x4s and 20mph for trail bikes has been agreed in a new Code of Respect for the historic Long Causeway across Stanage Edge in the Peak District National Park.

The Stanage Forum - the management body for the area, which includes user groups - will hear details of the Code at its annual meeting on Saturday 12 November, 2pm-5pm, at Bamford Institute - open for anyone to take part.

4x4 and trail bike organisations such as the Trail Riders Fellowship and Land Access and Recreation Association were involved in drawing up the proposals, as well as climbers, walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists and horse riders.

In addition to voluntary speed limits, the Code also includes an advisory one-way system, keeping group sizes down to six trail bikes and four 4-wheel drive vehicles, ensuring all riders/drivers are fully road-legal, and being sensitive to bird nesting times, archaeological remains and the needs of other users.

The three-mile Long Causeway is part of a centuries-old former packhorse route, now an unclassified road which is legitimate for motor use. But it crosses highly protected areas for wildlife and sheer pressure of use has caused erosion and conflict between users.

Estate manager Matthew Croney said: "Voluntary agreement, in the form of a Code of Respect, is the best method of achieving a workable solution. Similar areas, such as The Ridgeway, in the Chilterns have codes of conduct like this, and we believe this is the best way forward for all the users and for the Specially Protected wildlife habitats."

To help emphasise its importance for wildlife, Forum attendees will be given a Stanage birdsong CD, recorded by estate warden Bill Gordon, who was up with the larks throughout spring and summer to catch the dawn chorus. "It's a selection of moorland birds, including the redstart, tree pipit, windchat, and even the ring ouzel feeding its young," said Bill.

Anyone will be welcome to have their say on all aspects of Stanage and North Lees management at the Forum, which was set up in 2000 by the Peak District National Park Authority, which owns the land, and the British Mountaineering Council.

The Forum also includes councillors, police, farmers and conservation and user groups such as the Ramblers' Association, Right to Ride, Trail Riders Fellowship, Land Access and Recreation Association (LARA), Sheffield University Cycling Club, Youth Hostels Association, RSPB and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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