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.
Georgie Grant - October 2012-->