National off-road user group supports Operation Blackbrook

A national off-road user group has recognised the work of police in Derbyshire to target concerns of illegal off-roading in the Peak District National Park (PDNP).

It is after Operation Blackbrook coordinator, PC Kevin Lowe, was invited to attend the Green Lane Association (GLASS) Executive Committee meeting last Sunday (November 21).

He gave a presentation on the ethos and outcomes of the campaign, which first started back in April 2007, and relates to the management of drivers and riders who take their vehicles and motorcycles illegally off-road in the area.

PC Lowe said: “There was a wish from the meeting to see the project developed in other police force areas and they applauded the links of partnership working with other agencies and with officers in Brecon, Dyfed Powys, who we have been collaborating with over best practise.

“It must be acknowledged that the Peak District National Park is here for everyone to enjoy but its future depends on careful management. The project has striven to ensure that local residents as well as visitors who wish to explore the area in off-road do so only on legal tracks and respect the quality of life of residents and countryside users.”

He added: “It is recognised that there is a significant amount of co operation from principle groups such as Peak District Vehicle User Group, GLASS, Trail Riders Fellowship and the Buxton and Area District Landrover Club, whose members only want to ride or drive legally.

“I thank them for their help and cooperation, however there is a rogue element that appear to seek to deliberately ride or drive where they should not, or in an in appropriate manner.”

Residents or members of the public are asked to contact Derbyshire Constabulary on 0345 123 33 33 should they see any illegal, irresponsible or inappropriate off-roading.

PC Lowe can also be contacted on email to