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Lake District Green Lanes Alliance

The Green Lanes Blog

4 February 2020

The Big Day Out in Grasmere: read our blog here.

Lake District Green Lanes Alliance

The LDGLA is an alliance for everyone who wants to protect our historic green lanes  for farming access and quiet, non-motorised recreation. Read more here...

Little Langdale
Recently the focus has very much been on the High Tilberthwaite and High Oxenfell tracks. We are challenging the Lake District National Park Authority's decision not to consult on Traffic Regulation Orders with a Judicial Review. Over £60,000 have been raised to fund it - showing the massive support for this cause in the country. We'll keep you updated about progress.

 

The Sandford Principle
We presented our case again at the last full LDNPA meeting of 2019  emphasising that the Sandford Principle (codified in the 1995 Environment Act) clearly states that where there is a conflict between conservation and enjoyment, then conservation MUST take precedence.
 
LDGLA argue that the current issue is an explicit example of the Sandford Principle being tested for its efficacy. Some 16 years ago, when the 2004 Management Plan was being drawn up, the draft copy of that plan mooted a blanket ban for motorised vehicles on green lanes, unsealed roads and byways. It was withdrawn after an outcry by the motoring organisations.
 
Yet how much worse is the problem today? These lanes have been the living backbone of Lakeland communities since Viking times and beyond and now the legacy of these historic routes may be lost forever.The sale of recreational 4x4s across the UK is rising (37 to 1 compared to the sale of electric vehicles) despite the global need to radically reduce carbon emissions. This problem will undoubtedly escalate in the coming years.
 
Our national parks, these hard-won spaces of peaceful freedom and quiet enjoyment truly deserve our protection.
 

Green Lanes in the Lake District
According to the LDNPA there are 75 green lanes in the Lake District. Of these 16 are classified as red routes, i.e. "priority management routes with significant use requiring significant monitoring/management". The tracks at High Nibthwaite, Elterwater, Stang End and Tarn Hows are just some examples.
 

The Aims of the Lake District Green Lanes Alliance
We are campaigning for the prohibition of recreational motor vehicles on green lanes in the Lake District National Park:
 

  • By arguing that recreational activities in the Lake District should be essentially quiet, non-destructive and non-polluting.

  • By showing that recreational use of green lanes by 4x4s and motor bikes makes routes unpleasant or impossible for non-vehicle users and causes disruption, inconvenience and distress for farmers.

  • By encouraging the Lake District National Park Authority and 
    Cumbria County Council to use their powers to prohibit recreational motor vehicles through Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs). Programmes for the introduction of such orders should be energetically promoted.

 
NB: Traffic Regulation Orders make exemptions for farmers and people with disabilities.

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Tarn Hows

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Stang End