Off-road­ing blights moors

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NORTH YORK­SHIRE group is fight­ing back against the men­ace of off-road ve­hi­cles caus­ing ruts in paths. The North York Moors Green Lanes Al­liance (NYMGLA) was set up last month as a fo­rum for walk­ers, rid­ers and cy­clists who come across im­pass­able and dam­aged routes in the na­tional park and fol­lows sim­i­lar groups in the York­shire Dales and the Peak Dis­trict. North York­shire County Coun­cil is tak­ing the prob­lem se­ri­ously and has an­nounced an 18month ban for mo­torised ve­hi­cles on a pop­u­lar route that runs from Lowna, near Hut­ton-le-hole, to Raw­son Syke and which had be­come a ‘quag­mire’. Clive Proc­tor of the NYMGLA warns that, of the 201 un­sealed routes in the park, 165 have been clas­si­fied as ‘highly vul­ner­a­ble’. He would like many routes to be down­graded to foot­paths and bri­dle­ways and ve­hi­cles banned com­pletely. CC

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