Tackling – and helping – the off-roaders
Five projects in different parts of Wales are
aiming to strike a balance between conserving the environment and
providing places for 4x4 drivers and scrambling motorcyclists to go
In several parts of Wales, powerful allterrain vehicles and
bikes were damaging valuable habitats. So the Welsh Assembly
Government asked CCW to work with partners to provide off-roading
facilities and tackle illegal activity.
One of the main projects is in the Elan Valley where police have
swapped the traditional patrol car for a 4x4 Landrover in order to
tackle illegal off-road driving.
At the same time, posters asking “Where on earth can we ride?”
have helped offroaders to know their rights and to stick to legal
In urban areas too, CCW has been supporting projects to provide
opportunities for legal offroading.
In Cardiff, where young bikers were damaging wildlife and
disturbing other people in the city’s parks and open spaces, the
local council has provided them with a motorcycling track on a
reclaimed landfill site in the docks.
Mini bike users at Ystalyfera near Neath now have a
purpose-built training centre whilst in Torfaen and Monmouthshire
motorcycle patrols visit car parks, offering advice to off-road
bikers, encouraging them to carry out their activities in a legal
“We decided that we could not ignore the fact that more and more
people like to drive all sorts of vehicles in parks and in the
countryside,” said Linda Ashton, Regional Countryside Officer with
“We had to find ways of stopping further damage to the
countryside as well as recognising the needs of some groups within
our society who enjoy offroading.”
“We are hoping to strike a balance between the need to conserve
wildlife and landscapes and safeguard people’s quiet enjoyment of
the countryside with providing suitable opportunities for