Anger as dozens of bikers stop off in Hawes

Motorcyclists in Hawes during the lockdown.

The decision by dozens of motorcyclists to stop off in Hawes has angered local residents.

The relaxation of the rules surrounding the lockdown coupled with the warm weather has encouraged bikers to head into the Dales over the last two days.

Dozens of motorcyclists stopped off during their ride in Hawes prompting concern that they would increase the risk of locals getting the coronavirus.

With the public toilets closed, there were also reports of bikers urinating in the car park behind the toilet block.

Hawes and High Abbotside parish council chair Jill McMullon said was extremely angry about the behaviour of the bikers.

She added: “There is no social distancing at all – there’s literally dozens and dozens of bikes.

“Local people are having to walk in the centre of the road to keep a safe distance.

“This kind of activity will result in a spike in coronavirus.”

Photos of the bikers posted on social media have attracted hundreds of comments.

One person said: “That’s naughty and bloody disgusting.

“I’m all for getting out about in the open countryside but forming gatherings in a small village I don’t think this is okay.”

But others defended the bikers saying the law now allowed people to travel around the country.

[kofi]

34 Comments

  1. They’ve been back today with a vengeance. It’s been fantastic with no bikers on the road for the last six weeks – no noise, no convoys of bikes. It’s show us how the Dales could be.

  2. I’m a biker and come to Hawes at least twice a month during summer. I have not been since we were allowed to on Wednesday. I have been out for the first time today on my own, kept away from everyone when I stopped. Please don’t tar everyone with the same brush. Bikers are not bad people and believe it or not most of us use common sense and don’t want to either catch or spread the virus.

    • You fucking moron, Yorkshire and north east has highest growth rate of virus and you potentially bring it here, joke is you’ll be middle aged and at higher risk than others so you must think you’re immune. And for that matter as the public toilets are shut tell your mates to stop pissing behind the loos and go home and use you’re own bog, only travel to exercise, can’t believe how stupid you can possibly be.

      • Obviously the council has not opened the toilet on badness. Covid my arse, it’s the same as the flu. Calm down.

  3. Uncertain why the police couldn’t have stopped this and fined them all. Yes, we’re allowed to drive somewhere…to exercise. Can’t see motorcyclists with all their leather gear and boots doing much walking. Plus, as far as I know, you are still not allowed to meet more than one person, whereas this constitutes a large gathering. And while I take the point made above by the motorcyclist – great he’s one of the civilised, reasonable ones who don’ t urinate in the middle of a town – he cannot condone such a large gathering under current circumstances. By all means go for your bike ride but take a picnic and find somewhere remote behing a wall if you need the loo.

    • Can’t argue with that Freya. As a motorcyclist (who stayed in this w/e), I find it as disgusting as you do, but don’t tar us all with the same brush.

  4. I am sure there are many responsible bikers but the ones visiting Hawes today were obviously not them. We oldies in the Dales have been isolated for over seven weeks and we won’t be going into town yet as we would like to live a lot longer.
    I hope they did not strip our shops as happened when the lockdown first started. We don’t have large supermarkets in the Dales and our small local ones have done really well providing our basic foods but if people from large towns do come here we will not have enough for everyone as happened in March.

  5. If the local council in there wisdom close the toilets ,what are people supposed to do ,wear nappies ?What a sad,sad world we know live in when when a group of people visit your town ,there is a outcry ,what would of happened if they had been black or asian? ,i bet you would not have said a peep for fear of been called racist . Live and let live i say ,and don’t forget that back in the sixties 80,000 people in the UK died of the Asian flue and life carried on as usual ,

  6. I’m a motorcyclist and I do not condone the irresponsible behaviour of a few I’ve been out on my bike on my own and picnicked alone I live at the other side of the Dales near Leeds and in our village even during lockdown we had floods of walkers in large groups but I don’t tar all walkers with the same brush I hope that the folk of Hawes can distinguish

  7. REPORTS OF URINATING BEHIND THE TOILET? WELL REPORTS ARE SOLID EVIDENCE

    She added: “There is no social distancing at all – there’s literally dozens and dozens of bikes.

    ITS 2M, NOT 2 MILES. LITERALLY DOZENS? OR ACTUALLY 1 DOZEN?

    “Local people are having to walk in the centre of the road to keep a safe distance.

    GOOD, SOCIAL DISTANCING IS GOOD

    “This kind of activity will result in a spike in coronavirus.”

    WHY? DID THEY COUGH THROUGH RESIDENTS
    LETTER BOXES? OR PERHAPS TOUCH THE PETROL PUMPS WITHOUT WASHING THEIR GLOVES? STRONG STATEMENT FROM A PARISH MEMBER, PERHAPS YOU COULD ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT?

    Uncertain why the police couldn’t have stopped this and fined them all.

    BECAUSE THEYRE NOT BREAKING THE LAW? YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DRIVE OR RIDE FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER, YOU CAN DRIVE TO THE BEACH, OR PARKS ETC.
    YOU SHOULD FOLLOW THE GOVERMENTS ADVICE. NOT YOUR OWN OR THE POLICE FORCES.

    NO ONE SEEMED TO MIND VE DAY STREET PARTIES, WITH FOOD AND DRINK SHARING SHOWN ON ALL NEWS CHANNELS.

    STUPID COMMENTS BY STUPID PEOPLE

    • As resident of Gunnerside I was astonished by the numbers of bikers passing through the village on Thursday. The noise was herrenďous, perhaps after quiet roads it seemed worse, but I sensed a deliberate act to make their presence known.

      • I passed through gunnerside yesterday. We stop there for walking holidays in the summer. The roads were dead. We saw maybe 20 bikes all day. Hardly any cars. Even in hawes there was maybe 10 bikes. People certainly like to make a fuss.

    • I would be interested to know if David Simpson, in his infinite, arrogant. wisdom, has lost a family member to covid 19?The worry and misery of not being able to comfort that person or even hold a funeral that person would of wanted. Stupid comments by stupid people. Your comments are MINDLESS, ARROGANT,INSENSITIVE, DO YOU WORK, I WONDER? ARE YOU IN THE FRONT LINE?Probably not or you would not have left that last sentence

      • @Catherine Graham. Clive says caps locks makes you look like a troll and stupid. I’ve not seen your pic, but your comments aren’t helping your case. Sorry, just saying.
        (A pic might help, but it could go either way)

    • @David Simpson – turn your caps lock off mate because it makes you look like a troll as well as being stupid

      • @Clive my capitals are to differentiate between quotes and my comments. Any gibbon could see that. Apart from you Clive.
        Better to remain silent and be thought a fool….

    • Allowed to drive or ride anywhere…..TO EXERCISE! Don’t see any bikers doing star jumps or cartwheels do we? Eh? Eh?

  8. These Bikers bring alot of trade to Hawes and all the folk moaning about them might regret it! What if they didn’t return in summer along with viaitors? All the businesses would be doomed especially pubs so watch what people say about visitors and bikers

  9. Its time the council opened toilets, we are now just using Covid 19 as an excuse to stop people doing anything. It’s a flu virus, it’s never going to go away completely. Tourists would be quite justified to never return to the Dale’s and just go abroad where weather is better and the businesses that serve them would have to go bankrupt. Half the houses in my village are already rich second home owners and holiday homes, the pubs will not last much longer at this rate anyway.

    • Hi Susan,

      I imagine the toilets would get hosed down with biker piss, once they had used up all the toilet roll cleaning their helmet visors and wiping their arses with their hands.

      Filthy animals these biker creatures

  10. I can only count 9 bikes in the picture, so perhaps the headline “dozens” of bikers is a tad inflammatory? The two gentlemen on the bottom right of the picture don’t seem to be bikers, and they are the only two who don’t seem to be observing social distancing.
    I really can’t see the need for some of the language used in a previous post. I’m sure the author could put his point across without resorting to expletives and abuse.

  11. Highly recommended hawes for a poo.
    Toilets are closed so had to use a gutter.

  12. Our Dales village was disturbed by endless noisy motorbikes yesterday and today all going possibly to the bikers gatherings in Hawes. It has been so lovely in our little villages during lockdown .i feel sorry for the residents of Hawes having so many bikers to negotiate and spoiling their village

  13. I count 7 bikes in that picture, there are a couple of sensible comments on here and a few moronic ones. Perhaps some just don’t like motorcycles and the people who ride them.

  14. Good afternoon John
    Although I don’t condone the bikers behaviour IF they behaved in such a manner, however using inflammatory language never helps the situation does it John . Perhaps a word of advice to help you to keep safe , you may wish to avoid the area at peak times and don’t forget to wash your hands with plenty of soap, could be advisable to use some in your mouth too John Take care John

  15. With respect to Inspector Gee, he needs to get his facts right if he intends quoting Gov.UK. It states quite clearly;
    1.9 Are day trips and holidays ok? Can people stay in second homes?
    Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle, are permitted. You should practise social distancing from other people outside your household.

    Leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes.

    Premises such as hotels and bed and breakfasts will remain closed, except where providing accommodation for specific reasons set out in law, such as for critical workers where required for a reason relating to their work.
    You might not like it or agree with it but under the rules they are acting legally

  16. Omg next the ’bikers’ will have been raping and pillaging next and biting the heads off sheep get a grip some of you!

  17. For god’s sake people, don’t you know the law has changed? We are now allowed to leave the house for the benefit of our physical or mental health, or emotional well-being. I can’t think of anything more beneficial to my health and emotional well-being than going out for a ride on a bike.

  18. The regulations are as follows, (this is lifted directly from the Government’s website). From this it can be concluded that bikers can go for a drive to open spaces, but that open spaces are clearly defined and are not the middle of towns and villages, and that anyone going outside for their mental health and physical well-being, should be alone or meet with one person from another household, and at all times should socially distance from one another.

    Restrictions on movement
    6.—(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave [F8or be outside of] the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.
    (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need—
    (a)to obtain basic necessities, including food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including any pets or animals in the household) or for vulnerable persons and supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, or the household of a vulnerable person, F9… including from any business listed in Part 3 of Schedule 2;
    [F10(aa)to obtain money from or deposit money with any business listed in paragraphs 33 or 34 of Schedule 2;]
    [F11(ab)to collect goods which have been ordered from a business in any way permitted under regulation 5(1)(a);]
    [F12(b)to take exercise—
    (i)alone,
    (ii)with one or more members of their household, or
    (iii)with one member of another household;]
    [F13(ba)to visit a public open space for the purposes of open-air recreation to promote their physical or mental health or emotional wellbeing—
    (i)alone,
    (ii)with one or more members of their household, or
    (iii)with one member of another household;]
    [F20(5) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(ba), “public open space” includes—
    (a)land laid out as a public garden or used for the purpose of recreation by members of the public;
    (b)land which is “open country” as defined in section 59(2) of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, as read with section 16 of the Countryside Act 1968;
    (c)land which is “access land” for the purposes of Part 1 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (see section 1(1) of that Act).]

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