THE 20 year old driver of a Landrover Discovery put out a plea for help in the early hours of this morning after he got stuck on the moors above Settle.

Unfortunately for him, he was on Gorbeck Road which is subject to a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) banning its use to vehicles, and his messages on social media were seen by the police.

Pc Harry Carpenter, of Settle Police, together with Malham based Yorkshire Dales National Park ranger, Rob Ashford, located the man and his vehicle at about 10am this morning, and with the help of a farmer and his tractor, pulled the Landrover out of the hole.

Pc Carpenter said the driver had left Gorbeck Road and had apparently sunk into a sink hole, some 50 metres off the green lane.

"Police and the national park obviously welcome people to the national park, but not those who wilfully ignore the rules, and vehicles are not allowed on Gorbeck," he said.

Gorbeck Road is part of the Pennine Bridleway and runs from Langcliffe to Malham Moor.

It is covered by a TRO which bans its use by four by fours and motorcycles.

A 20 year old man from the Bradford area is under investigation for a number of traffic offences.