The crag is owned and managed by Natural England and located in the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve.
Restrictions apply from
Reason: Nesting Birds
Unfortunately, following a very successful breeding season in 2017 for both peregrine and raven, Natural England (the landowner) have imposed a precautionary restriction for 2018 before the birds have settled on a nest site, which applies to the whole crag.
This restriction is not supported by the BMC as it does not follow our basic principles of taking the least restrictive option and only agreeing restrictions once the birds have settled on a nest location. More details and background to this about our in depth article on this disappointing development.
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.