Outdoor enthusiasts and members of the public can have their say on plans to ban off-roaders from two national park trails in a consultation that starts this week.
The six-week consultation is seeking views on excluding 4×4s, trail bikes and quads from Long Causeway, near the popular rockclimbing crags on Stanage Edge.
The Peak District National Park Authority is also planning to stop motorised vehicles using the track over the Roych near Chapel-en-le-Frith.
The authority said it is making the proposals due to damage to the areas through which the routes run, and the effect on other users such as walkers, cyclists and horse-riders and on people who live nearby.
Councillor Garry Purdy, vice-chair of the authority’s audit, resources and performance committee, said: “Both routes are very popular and cross some of the most environmentally sensitive areas of the national park.
“These proposals follow a lengthy period of monitoring and attempts to manage vehicle use on the routes.
“We have already sought the views of the highways authorities, parish councils, recreational user groups and environmental groups, the majority of whom favoured permanent bans. The committee has also held site inspections.”
The public consultation will run until 2 November on proposed traffic regulation orders to exclude motor vehicles from the Long Causeway, a 3.6km route between Sheffield and Hathersage and the Roych, a 3.5km stretch of the Pennine Bridleway near Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Councillor Purdy said: “We’re proposing these traffic regulation orders to safeguard what people value most about these areas, but we want to hear everyone’s views and will make a final decision in the light of all the evidence and feedback.”
Both tracks are former packhorse routes. The Long Causeway crosses Stanage Edge, following a route between Redmires and Hathersage. The Roych track is part of the Pennine Bridleway, a national trail dedicated used by horse-riders, cyclists and walkers.
The proposals are part of the authority’s overall strategy for managing green lanes.
It has 24 priority routes in the Derbyshire part of the national park, 16 of which have action plans for their future management, which can be seen at on the authority’s website.
The Peak authority is currently spending an extra £100,000 over two years to carry out the action plans, tackle illegal off-roading and improve communication with all green lane users.
Details of the consultation are on the authority’s website.