WALKERS say a byway in the Holme Valley is being destroyed by quad-bikes and 4x4s.
And a group of walkers who regularly use the route say councillors are blocking measures which could stop it happening.
The group says the path - which is a Byway Open to All Traffic- on Ramsden Road, Kiln Bent Road and Holme Woods Lane, between the A6024 Holme Moss road and White Gate Road, is used by family groups, picnickers, ramblers, horse-riders and cyclists.
Campaigner Liz Colquhoun said: "Unfortunately, they bring noise, petrol fumes and a degree of danger to other users of the route.
"There is also surface damage to green lanes and stony tracks that were never intended for that sort of treatment."
After receiving dozens of complaints Kirklees Council's Rights of Way Unit moved to obtain a traffic regulation order, which would stop unauthorised vehicles using the route.
But Holme Valley South ward councillors Nigel Patrick and Ken Sims, who runs a motor dealership, have objected to the plans.
Clr Sims said: "We don't believe there should be restrictions placed on who can use this route.
"These roads were put in place so everyone could use them. This is the first time in 45 years I've heard anyone complain about this.
"Open space is for everyone to use and to do what they like in."
For the order to happen all ward councillors need to agree.
Ms Colquhoun said: "Unless we can get these two councillors to change their minds there is very little we can do.
"People travel from all over West Yorkshire to walk round here. We need to protect this route."