However you choose to spend your visit, follow these simple steps from the Countryside Code and you’ll help wildlife and farmers, as well as having a great day out.
- Check weather forecasts before you leave and don’t be afraid to turn back.
- Follow local signs, advice and access restrictions.
- Leave gates and property as you find them.
- Take your rubbish home with you.
- Don’t damage or remove rocks, plants or trees.
- Give wild animals and farm animals plenty of space – they can behave unpredictably.
- Keep dogs under control.
- Drive or cycle carefully on country lanes
Specific to the moorland
Weather can change quickly in the uplands and the terrain can be tough over the moors. Comfortable strong boots, waterproofs and warm clothing are strongly advised. The moor covers a vast area of peaks and moorland. It is naturally uneven and at times very steep. Pathways are a mix of Yorkshire stone, bare earth (both of which can be very slippery and muddy in wet weather) and hoggin-covered (compact mix of gravel, sand and clay), which is fine all year round.
Moorland fires can spread very quickly. Please contact the emergency services immediately if you spot a fire.
Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead during bird nesting and lambing ( March – July) and under control at all times
Part of the appeal of the countryside is that you can get away from it all. You may not see anyone for hours, and there are many places without clear mobile phone signals, so let someone else know where you’re going and when you expect to return.