We have received a number of calls in the last few months from
members of the public reporting off road motorcycles riding along the
public bridal ways on the Wheal Maid site and Poldice Valley. Devon
and Cornwall police are working with our partner agencies (County
Council, Parish Council and Environmental Agency) to resolve these
issues by holding regular operations to educate and if necessary
Off road riding and driving causes real damage to the landscape,
heritage sites (Wheal Maid is a World Heritage Site) and can cause
alarm and distress to the public, dogs, horses and any other
livestock in the location.
It is an offence under the Road Traffic Act to use a mechanically
propelled vehicle without lawful authority on common land, moorland,
on any footpath or bridleway. If you are riding off road on private
land you must have the permission of the land owner to be there.
If you are caught riding/driving on such sites without permission you
could receive a fine and have your vehicle seized.
Information on the law and regulations concerning off road riding can
be found by visiting the Devon and Cornwall Police website- klick on
the - menu tab - then follow these tabs
– Advice – On
the road – Show more – Off
road. On this page there is also a list of suitable sites for
off road driving/riding together with a link to report any issues
with any off road riders/drivers.
Cornwall Council are also in the process of setting up a direct link
to report off road bikes on foot paths and bridal ways, this link
will hopefully be available on their homepage in the near future.