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The North York Moors National Park Authority has two purposes:

  • To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area and
  • To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area by the public.

So, it is perhaps surprising that motorsport has a place here but events such as forest stage car rallies and motorcycle trials have been held for so many years that they have become a local tradition. In fact, hill climbs were a spectator sport here in the 1920s.

Each year there are about eight rallies, 30 motorbike trials, ten enduros and, near Whitby, six motocross days each year in the National Park. We work closely with organisers to minimise their impact and avoid sensitive locations, but there is still concern about the amount of additional spectator traffic and the disturbance to local communities which these events cause.

Riders and drivers are encouraged to be responsible in their use of this outstanding area. Users should respect its special qualities and the needs of other people, whose own enjoyment may be affected by motorsport.

Useful information to download

Enjoy Off-Tarmac Motorcycling (pdf)

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