Rob Atkin wrote:
Well if Snowden is a poor choice then the Peaks should be a no-no too - much higher density of walkers than anywhere in Snowdonia, especially Mam Tor/Edale area. Isn't it still the busiest National Park in the UK?
Even with 10-15 riders (which I think we would struggle to get for such a ride) it'd be fine - we would be outside the peak time for walkers anyway (that's the whole point of the voluntary ban). In fact I think it'd be quite an event!
As far as I am aware though Rob, there isn't anywhere in the Peaks which is subject to an official voluntary ban.
The land owners and manager's around Snowdon are in a much stronger position should they wish to apply for a permanent ban on bikes using the BWs due to already having the voluntary ban in place.
But we aren't breaking the ban so that's a problem that doesn't even exist!
I think you're worrying too much about it. Thousands of people going up every day, we would be on a legal bridle way, respecting the voluntary ban. 15 of us (a pretty small group - ive seen groups of triple that walking up!!) would present no problem whatsoever. In fact I don't think we'd even be noticed. If it was a nice evening we'd probably be amongst more MTBers than walkers anyway.