Restrictions on access (for public safety reasons) apply to the shooting range, the crag, and Deer Hill Moss. The shooting club have strict legal obligations to ensure their activities do not represent a threat to the public. Members of Lydgate Rifle and Pistol Club can shoot at any time during the day, and it is therefore important that climbers do not access the LH part of the crag outside of the agreed dates/times.
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.