Vehicle access


The majority of motorsport enthusiasts who use the National Park do so legally and responsibly.

Where you can go

Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) have proven rights for motorised vehicles. Unclassified roads (UCRs) may also have potential, but unproven, rights for motor vehicles.

BOATs are shown on OS 1:25,000 Explorer maps as:  BOATs symbol

UCRs are sometimes shown as other routes with public access:  UCRs symbol

There are seven Highway Authorities with boundaries which reach into the National Park. They are responsible for maintaining the legal records. If you are unsure about whether it is legal to use a route in a motor vehicle please check with the relevant Highway Authority.

You could also look at which shows routes in the National Park although we cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this website.


Some routes are called priority routes where there may be particular sensitivities. We have produced background reports and plans for these.

Sometimes there may be restrictions on routes. In some circumstances, these may include permanent traffic regulation orders (TROs). There may also be Highway Authority TROs and closures for repairs.

Some rights may have been extinguished. Again the Highway Authorities will have details of these. Using up to date maps will help make sure you stay legal.


There are no rights to go off-road unless with the landowners permission. Other consents may also be required such as for planning or on land designated for ecological or archaeological reasons. Without this you may be committing an offence.

Green Lanes Code

We have a green lanes code for all users on routes where motorised vehicle users may be encountered. We hope that it will be used to encourage responsible access by all users of these routes.

Vehicle User groups

Joining a group is a good way to find out about responsible access in the National Park and to build up your skills. You can view details of organisations who represent motoring and off-road activities.

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