Moscar Estate Access Restrictions 2017

The Moscar Estate will be exercising its right to restrict access under s22 of the CRoW Act 2000 again in 2017 to try to minimise damage by trampling and disturbance to the ground-nesting birdlife during its most critical time.
Area affected
The Moscar Estate covers land including Derwent Edge, Bamford Edge and the northern part of Stanage Edge.
Restricted days
Access will be restricted on the following days:

11 – 26 May

30 & 31 May, 1 & 2 June, 5 – 9 June & 12 – 14 June


The restriction does not apply to Public Rights of Way or concession paths.
Notices with maps will be displayed at all access points.
More information
For more information about these restrictions telephone the Open Access Contact Centre 0845 100 3298 or look at the Open Access website

Sheffield City Council have officially designated as open access all the woodland under council ownership. This means that Redmires plantation is now officially open access. The council is interested in any comments or suggestions for new routes through areas such as Redmires which are densely planted. (The CROW Act only provided for access to moorland). This map shows the actual open access areas

redmires map

The crucial time for conservation is the nesting season from 1st March to 31st July.

Friars Ridge 1st March – 31st July

This is the area between the Friars Ridge drainage ditch and Stanage Edge and continuing in this line to behind the Burbage car park. The Peak Park own this land and it’s one of the very few areas of moorland where shooting does not take place. Most years two pairs of Merlin nest on this moor – one of the few nesting sites in the peak district. The Peak Park have asked us to avoid this land during the nesting season and that’s what we have done for the last 5 years or so.

Strines Moor

The owners of this shooting moor have asked us to restrict our club runs to outside the grouse nesting season and in a spirit of co-operation we have agreed to do this. In return we are allowed some access to private land – see individual runs for details. This agreement is normally taken care of in the calendar – typically we have a run from Strines at the beginning of April and nothing else until the end of July.

And remember that the field at the back of the Strines Inn car park is out of bounds.


Section 23 of the CROW Act gives grouse moor owners the discretion to ban dogs from the Access Land for up to five years at a time, renewable on application.

Schedule 2 of CROW states that where the landowner hasn’t banned dogs, dogs must still be on a ‘short-lead’ from 1st March to 31st July and at all times within the vicinity of livestock.

The above legislation does not apply to Public Rights of Way, where dogs must be under close control at all times.

A breach in either Section 23 or Schedule 2 constitutes a trespass against the landowner (technically the person with the dog foregoes their right of access), and may be asked to leave by the owner or his agent (eg gamekeeper). Under CROW Section 2(4) they will not be entitled to go on the land for 72 hours after leaving. There is no requirement for signage, though of course it helps with regard to enforcement.

The land to which this legislation applies in the Peak District is shown on the Natural England web-site…. Additionally, annual restrictions are shown on the NPA web-site…

In brief, the dog bans apply on the private grouse moors of the north-east of the National Park, plus other grouse moors such as Offerton/Abney, Combs Moss, Axe Edge and Eyam moors.

These two maps show the main areas currently covered by the restrictions



Dogs in High Peak

There are new rules covering the whole of the High Peak – see map below. They do not restrict access for dogs generally, but require the dog owner to remove dog faeces from the area, and also allow officers of the council to require that a dog is on a lead.

High Peak Area