What your responsibilities are
With the joy of the new right of access comes serious responsibilities
- to be safe which means taking care for yourself and other people if you're in a group
- to be careful not to disturb other people, plants and habitats, livestock or wildlife
- to leave gates and property as you find them
- to take your litter home
- to keep your dog under close control
By following the Countryside Code we hope you will enjoy your visit and help protect the countryside for everyone.
What you can do
It's good for dog walkers too but note between 1 March and 31 July dogs must be on a fixed lead of no more than two metres – that's because wildlife and livestock are breeding then. They may also be excluded completely from certain grouse moors – notices will warn where this is the case.
But the Peak District's wild spaces are more than just a place for physical recreation. The wildness and remoteness of the high moorlands are places that inspire poetry, writing, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and more. There's time and space away from the rat race to be found in open country – places that can recharge mental and spiritual batteries and provide the opportunity for quiet reflection on life's vagaries.
What you can't do
And sometimes there might be restrictions on open access for land management reasons such as bracken spraying, during grouse shoots, during the bird breeding season or to repair an ancient monument.
For up to date information on access restrictions call the national helpline - the Open Access Contact Centre – on 0845 100 3298.