Disappointment for campaigners as Lake District votes not to ban motors from green lanes
The authority’s rights of way committee decided to leave Tilberthwaite Road and High Oxen Fell Road as they are, and form a group with interested parties to monitor use of the former and its condition.
The National Trust, Ramblers, Save the Lake District Campaign and Friends of the Lake District pressed the committee to introduce a traffic order that would have prevented recreational 4×4s and trail bikes using the routes, which run between the A593 Coniston road and Little Langdale.
The park authority said it will now create a partnership management group of invited key partners and stakeholders to work collaboratively to monitor usage and condition, undertaking necessary activities to help mitigate any new issues that may arise on the Tilberthwaite Road, the longer of the two routes which runs from Hodge Close north to Fell Foot in Little Langdale.
It will work with the National Trust to monitor the condition of the track from High Oxen Fell to Hodge Close. It will recommend that the county council maintains the surface in its present condition.
Friends of the Lake District said: “We are very disappointed at this decision.
“The voluntary management approach has been used for a number of years and has, in our view, failed. Both routes are classified as red under the current system which indicates that they are busy and sites where potential conflicts will is likely to occur.
“The park authority has failed to put the conservation of the natural beauty of the area first.”