Welcome to the Association of Trail Riders
We are friends of the Peak District business owners. Motorcycle trail riding, horse riding, MTB cycle trail riding and ramblers all bring tourism to our area and as such are welcomed by ourselves, we do not discriminate.
Many Derbyshire and Peak District businesses enjoy the benefit of tourism from Motorcyclists. Hotels, guest houses and B&Bs are amongst the ones who particularly look forward to motorcycle trail riding groups visiting the area. Many trail riders stay a few days and spend lots of money in cafes and restaurants.
This website has been created to highlight the loss of business to the area due to the closure or downgrading of so many lanes previously open to motorcycles. Business is suffering, the authorities don't seem to care as they continue to close lanes to motorcycles, in what appears to be an anti-motorcycle tourism, and anti-business policy.
“It’s all very well someone saying they don't like motorbikes when their area or living doesn't depend on it ".
Not content with having around 98% of the countryside rights of way already vehicle free, there are groups of people who are still not satisfied. They seem to want the entire network of thousands of miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways, to themselves. They want us to stop using the 2% or so we have left to use. We say that's unreasonable!
The option to walk, cycle or ride a horse without vehicle presence is already available and with a massive choice and availability of lanes. Motor Vehicles are a way of modern life. To seek to ban them from recreational pursuits, we feel is both unrealistic and unreasonable.
Trail riders come to the Peak District as paying tourists. They require, hotels, guest houses, restaurants and filling stations. A typical rider staying for the weekend might spend around £300. Indeed it is a fact trail riding is the main source of income in some Welsh villages. Without which the local people would have no jobs. As business owners ourselves we would like to bring this much needed finance to the area.
Signs like this are costing jobs and £ millions in lost tourism each year.
One thing all legitimate groups of countryside users appear to agree on is the unacceptable illegal use of motorcycles on non-motorised routes such as bridleways and footpaths. The APTR only promotes responsible, legitimate and legal motorcycle trail riding.
Illegal motorcycle use is on the increase. We think this could be partly due to so many closures of what few lanes are legally available by the local authority PDNPA. We fail to understand how closing more legal lanes can possibly reduce illegal riding without new provision being provided. Legal places to ride motorcycles are on the decrease. With the continued closure of the legal routes It is inevitable that illegal motorcycling is on the increase. The authorities have reduced the amount of lanes to such a degree that some riders opt to take the risk and ride where they like. We oppose this illegal action but are not surprised by it.
It would be a mistake to assume riders will simply stop riding when so few lanes remain any more than people would stop watching, or playing football if all the football pitches and recreation grounds were closed. They would simply go somewhere they shouldn't to practice their persuit.
This is an unfortunate side effect of closing legitimate routes without consideration for the need to provide an infrastructure for motorcycle use. Without some provision being made we can only predict that illegal riding will continue to increase.
Our message to those who oppose legal motorcycle trail riding and to the authorities regarding illegal riding is this. If you want to make bridleways and footpaths at risk of illegal careless riding you are going about it the right way. Sufficient provision for legitimate riding is the only way to control the issue of illegal riding. We think simply closing the existing routes and walking away from the responsibility to provide such provision is not the way forward and cannot possibly work as a solution.