This is a short summary of what we all need to bear in mind as we go about our running in the Peak District. It does come out as a list of do’s and don’ts so I would encourage you to read the more detailed accounts below, to get the complete balanced view.

  • Open Access – the CROW Act gives us access to all areas which have been mapped as Access land. This generally means all mountain and moorland. Access land is shown on the latest OS 1:25000 maps.
  • Use stiles and gates to get onto access land. These are shown on the latest Harvey 1:25000 maps, but not OS maps at present. Try to plan clubs runs and club races using official access points. 
  • If there is no stile or gate, you are still legally entitled to enter access land as long as you don’t cause any damage to walls , fences etc. Consider carefully before doing this, we need to maintain good relations with farmers and landowners.
  • Use public footpaths to cross enclosed fields. Try to avoid planning club race routes which cross enclosed fields, runners are bound to get lost or be tempted by short cuts.
  • Dogs must be kept on a short lead during the nesting season (1st March to 31st July). Dogs must be under control at other times. Many shooting estates have a complete ban on dogs.
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Bob Berzins