There is a permenant dog ban in place to protect moorland birds at Thorn Crag and the surrounding moorland under the CRoW Act. Do not take dogs to Thorn Crag or the surrounding area - it risks conflict with local residents and landowners and could lead to issues with parking and access.
Also, the moorland is sometimes closed for shooting using the 28 days allowed under CRoW – please check Natural England’s website for any restrictions (enter the grid reference and scroll to the bottom for restrictions info) before visiting to ensure there are no closures in place.
Parking and Approach
Parking is very limited and sensitive in the small hamlet of Tarnbrook - ensure that you don't park anywhere marked as 'no parking' and avoiding blocking acces for local residents and farm machinery. The farmer in Tarnbook is friendly towards climbers and has confirmed that parking in the hamlet is fine, providing it doesn’t get too busy and climbers park sensibly. The preferred spot is on the left (marked 1 in the photo), past the village green area and just beyond the ‘no parking’ area on the right. This allows careful parking of two vehicles if pulled up close to the wall.
If these spaces are taken, parking is available on the village green (marked 2 on the photo), but be careful to avoid the manhole cover and any wet areas as the farmer is tiring of having to tow climber’s cars out with his tractor. If climbers don’t park sensibly and avoid getting cars stuck, this could result in the loss of this area for parking in future.
Approach from Tarnbrook using the permissive path leading north across open access land to the crag.
Open access land, designated under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) give area access rather than linear access as provided by public rights of way. It also gives a legal right of access specifically for climbing, as well as walking and other quiet recreation on foot.
Please bear in mind however that the landowner still has the right to restrict access for up to 28 days per year (often used on public safety grounds for shooting in moorland areas), and can also apply for longer term restrictions with Natural England (such as bans on dogs, or regular restrictions during particular times of year). It is important to check for these restrictions regularly as they can be added at short notice – all details for open access land in England can be found on Natural England’s website.