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Myth busters

Many green lanes show very little signs of use, contrary to the media image of convoys of 4x4 destroying the countryside. Sadly this has become popular belief, so much is the power of the press.

Myth busters

Many lanes can take sustained use of rercreational vehciular traffic. Even lanes with a soft surface can take a certain amount of traffic leaving very little evidence of their passing. With a change of attitude and co-operation, we can all co-exist without TROs.

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Not all green lanes are tight and narrow. Many have widths of over 40 feet, much like the rest of the minor road network. Just because they escaped being covered in tarmacadem doesn’t make them any different.

Myth busters

Byways are for all classes of user. It is the highest class of right of way and recreational vehicular users should respect all other users. Restricted Byways are for all users except recreational vehicular users, but there are sometimes exceptions to this rule.

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The definition of a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) is a highway over which the public have a right of way for vehicular and all other kinds of traffic but which is used by the public mainly for the purposes for which footpaths and bridleways are used.

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Many unsealed roads are actually surfaced. This one is a flint track, the flint coming from the surrounding fields. Each parish would have been responsible in the past for the upkeep of their roads. Many still more sustainable than their tarmac cousins.

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The Roych


GLASS in the Peak District, and the Peak & Derbyshire Vehicle User Group (PDVUG)

PDVUG was formed on 15th April 2007 as a result of a ‘crisis’ meeting between a number of local representatives of 4x4 and trail bike users, including GLASS, TRF and a number of local clubs.  It was agreed that the various vehicle user groups in and around Derbyshire needed to constitute themselves into a cohesive recreational vehicular pressure group of sufficient strength to influence DCC & the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) over their policies and actions affecting motorised vehicle groups using unsurfaced roads within the area.

It was agreed that this group, which in many ways was a natural successor to the 1990s Hierarchy of Peak Routes Group, should be called the Peak & Derbyshire Vehicle User Group (PDVUG). The group has a formal Constitution, and in 2014 became an Associate Member of LARA.  PDVUG has become a recognised body for vehicular ROW consultations in the Peak District.

Members of the group meet every month on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Representatives of the group attend regular meetings with PDNPA, as well as with park rangers and the police, and promote sensible usage and management of green lanes.  One of the primary functions of the group in recent years has been to respond to consultations by DCC and PDNPA on the subject of TROs and definitive map modifications, and to lobby for sensible management of threatened routes rather than closure.  The GLASS Derbyshire area rep and the GLASS Peak District area rep are both active members, and members of Local TRF groups, Treadlightly!, and local 4x4 and trail riding clubs and businesses are associates of the group.

As a result of PDVUG facilitation, GLASS members have taken part in green laning “Education days” with both Derbyshire and Staffordshire police, green lane maintenance days with park rangers, and participate in meetings with Peak Park ROW officers regarding management of routes by Voluntary Restraint. Both Derbyshire and Staffordshire police recommend drivers to use Trailwise in order to check status of routes, and the PDNPA has agreed Trailwise is a useful guide to where to drive.  Leaflets have been produced in conjunction with Derbyshire police and Treadlightly!.

At times it has been considered necessary to object more openly to the proposed closure of certain lanes by helping organise demonstrations centred on the PDNPA headquarters in Bakewell, and on certain green lanes. These and other actions have both delayed and minimised the potential closure of key green lanes, and to date only 4 routes (Roych Clough, Chapel Gate, Leys Lane and Long Causeway) have been permanently TRO’d after years of formal and informal consultations, high court challenges, demonstrations and formal meetings. 

A number of television programmes have featured PDVUG and GLASS members, most notably “Tales from the National Parks”, which featured the local GLASS reps, has been repeated many times on BBC4 over the last few years. The local BBC TV news programme “East Midlands Today” and current affairs programme “Inside Out” have also featured our fight to keep green lanes open.

Land Rover Owners International magazine cooperated with PDVUG and GLASS reps in 2016 to produce a multi-page article highlighting the sensitivity of Peak District green lanes, particularly those on the PDNPA's list of "Priority Routes".

Thanks to the efforts of PDVUG, plus GLASS, TRF and the local Treadlightly! ambassadors, the majority of BOATs and green roads remain open for use by MPVs in the Peak District, and the fight to retain these for MPV use will go on.

For more information: info@pdvug.org

 Chris Mitchell, Derbyshire Rep.