SO much for the Yorkshire Dales National Park message of “Respect the Community”, “respect one another”.

Between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday well over 120 motorbikes thundered through Langcliffe, Stainforth, Horton and Selside towards Ribblehead here in Ribblesdales.

We stopped counting after that. What good does it do as nobody seems to care?

“A true sense of tranquillity, remoteness and a sense of solitude”, these are supposed to be some of the special qualities of this national park. There was little of this on Sunday in the Three Peaks area. One local residents who knows a lot about motorbikes reckons that the vast majority of the motorbikes this Sunday were sporting illegal, noisy exhausts making a mockery of any attempt to find peace and quiet.

The din was overwhelming and could be heard on each of the Three Peaks. Social distancing at Ribblehead or further on at Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale was largely ignored.

Isn’t it about time that the maximum noise levels for motorcycles were being enforced? Are motorbikers aware that they appear as very antisocial inflicting these high noise levels on local people and visitors to our national park? Is there nothing we can do?

Wilf Fenten