As Bob Berzins told the AGM last week, these moors, which are covered by the CROW access arrangements, are to be closed to public access from 15th May to 18th June this year, excluding certain days (which appear to be 28th May, 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th and 16th & 17th June).
The information about the closures is available on the Open Access website
, enter the name of the area (e.g. Bamford Moor) to get the details.
During these closures public rights of way remain open.
An extract from the Natural England website
clarifies this a little:
Can I always walk on Access Land?
Not always, no. Farmers and landowners have the right to close their land sometimes, usually for reasons of nature conservation, land management or public safety. If access land is temporarily closed, it will have a ‘restriction’ placed on it so there is no public access. This will show on the online map in red and details about the restriction will be in a list below the map. Land that is marked with red hatching means there is limited public access and you should check the restrictions list below the map for more details. It could simply mean that you can’t take dogs on the land or that it is closed one day of the week. Please note: Existing Public Rights of Way are not affected by Open Access restrictions or exclusions under the CROW Act.
Can I take my dog?
You can normally enjoy walking with your dog on open access land. However, sometimes there may be a ban on taking your dog or you may need to keep it on a lead due to sensitive wildlife. Access land marked in yellow on the maps means you can take your dog but if it is marked in red hatching, you should check the details of the restriction to find out if you and your dog are affected. Please use this link to learn more specific detail about dog walking on Access Land .