The badly eroded Chapel Gate, which is the subject of a legal battle

The badly eroded Chapel Gate, which is the subject of a legal battle

More details of an upcoming television series looking at controversies in Britain’s national parks were released today.

Richard Macer’s fly-on-the-wall documentary Tales from the National Parks includes footage of the controversial late Lakeland businessman Mark Weir confronting campaigners.

The Peak District National Park Authority also gave the award-winning film-maker behind-the-scenes access to its rights of way team tackling the problems caused by trail-bikers’ and off-roaders’ use of green lanes.

The documentary features local residents and protest groups wanting 4×4s and trail bikes banned from Byways Open to All Traffic in the national park and motor vehicle users who are fighting to keep their legal rights to continue using these unsurfaced countryside routes.

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the authority, said: “We gave Richard Macer and his team full access to internal meetings, meetings with the public and our committees so viewers could see the real issues the rights of way team face on a daily basis.

“During the course of the year’s filming you are able to see the very different views of people on both sides of the argument, how the issue develops and the difficult and challenging role we play in managing the issue.

“Our staff are incredibly passionate about the national park and work really hard to make it a better place to live, work and visit.”

Part of the documentary covers the decision to introduce an experimental traffic regulation order banning 4×4s and trail bikes from using Chapel Gate, near Edale and ends with news that the order is being challenged in the High Court by the Trail Riders’ Fellowship.

The BBC Four programme, which is due for transmission at 9pm on Sunday 30 October, will also feature the fight over the proposed Cononish gold mine in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park.

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