Prosecutions for illegal off-roaders

The Quantock Hills AONB Service and Avon & Somerset Police are pleased that four recent prosecutions for illegal off-roading in the Quantock Hills have been successful. Off-roading is a serious issue that has affected the Quantock Hills for many years.

These convictions, which resulted in more than £1,000 pounds worth of fines, send out a serious message to anyone who is caught illegally off-roading in this nationally protected area. Under anti-social behaviour legislation vehicles can also be taken away and crushed.
AONB Ranger Tim Russell says:
‘Damage sustained to sensitive Quantock Hills habitats and public rights of way by illegal off-roading is particularly detrimental. Off-roading causes erosion, has an adverse affect on wildlife and greatly reduces the tranquillity of this beautiful and sensitive landscape.'
Many of the habitats within the AONB are rare and exceptionally fragile, for this reason please remember,  it is illegal to drive a motorised vehicle anywhere on the Quantock Hills other than on roads, unless express permission has been granted by the landowner. The Quantock Hills are designated by Government as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is additional protection for its Special Sites of Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation.

People wishing to enjoy the stunning views from the Quantocks from their vehicle can do so by using the hilltop car parks such as Lydeard Hill, Withymans Pool and Staple Plain.

To explore the beautiful Quantock Hills on foot, by horse or mountain bike we recommend you use the Ordnance Survey Explorer 140 map.

photo: Damage caused to the hills by illegal off-roading.



Katy Coate - October 2012


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Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund

The Quantock Hills AONB Service now has a Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £20,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals. The fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development.

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Quantock Deer Count Results

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Quantock Hills and Planning

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Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) Papers 2014 - 2017

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Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019

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Tick Leaflet

Ticks are becoming more common and a bite from this spider-like parasite could lead to Lyme Disease. This is a treatable infection caused by bacterium transmitted by ticks when they bite. Not every tick carries Lyme Disease and it is important to realise that the disease is relatively rare.


Useful Contacts

Quantock AONB Service
Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400

National Trust
Tel: 01823 451 814

Forestry Commission
Tel: 01278 732 319