This site contains some of the best examples of prehistoric rock-art in England. The Cup & Ring markings can be easily seen on the slabby side of the Bottom Boulder (see problems 1 – 5, Rockfax Lakes Bouldering guide), and have been notified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage. This means they have a high level of legal protection, and the landowners (The National Trust) have a duty to protect them above all else. DO NOT BOULDER ON THIS FACE. The National Trust continually monitor the engravings and any damage could result in a complete ban at this famous venue.
If stock are in the field - keep dogs on a leash.
The farmer has noticed that boulderers have been removing stones from the dry stone wall to level out landings under the boulders and protect mats from mud and sheep dung. Please do not do this as it could easily lead to access issues - dry stone wall repair is expensive and the farmer is rightly annoyed about deliberate damage to his wall.
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.