/ NEWS: Moors Closures in the Peak

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UKC News - on 02 Jun 2011
David Noddings and his shadow on Crescent Arete at Stanage, 4 kbTemporary access restrictions for the management of grouse moors are in place on Bamford, Moscar, Hallam and Derwent Moors. Stanage remains open to climbers, as do many footpaths.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=62464
Christheclimber - on 02 Jun 2011
In reply to UKC News:

Was going to climb at Bamford yesterday but saw the "notice" on the gate. Went to Stanage instead and on the way back we passed Bamford and saw a number of cars parked and selfish climbers on Bamford.
Nige M - on 02 Jun 2011
In reply to Christheclimber: I think that there is a contradiction between the dates for closure of Bamford currently (as of 2/6/11) displayed on the BMC RAD pages (http://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmccrag/ViewCrag.aspx?id=344) and the ones on notice at the parking spot for the crag and elsewhere on the BMC website (http://www.thebmc.co.uk/News.aspx?id=4287).

These are the dates that Bamford is supposed to be closed according to the BMC RAD (as of 2/6/11):
15 May to 28 May
1 June to 4 June
7 June to 11 June
14 June to 18 June

Note that this suggests that Bamford is closed on Sat 4th, 11th and 18th June but open on Monday 6th and 13th June. However, I suspect these dates on the RAD are incorrect. Last year's dates?

Can someone at the BMC check this?

Additionally, the sign posted at the parking for Bamford is potentially confusing since it says that PROW's are exlcuded from the closure and many visitors may incorrectly believe that the obvious path up to the crag is a PROW. It might be worth adding a note to the sign to clarify this.
Adam Long - on 03 Jun 2011
In reply to Nige M:

If in doubt the safest option is to go by the dates on the sign rather than those published elsewhere.

The official line is the restrictions apply on a) weekdays and b) Saturdays in May. They do not apply on Sundays, Bank Holidays or Saturdays in June. Simple eh?

There is a PROW on Bamford Moor though I'm not certain of its whereabouts. Will try to find out...
deepsoup - on 03 Jun 2011
In reply to Adam Long:
> There is a PROW on Bamford Moor though I'm not certain of its whereabouts. Will try to find out...

It's the right hand path from the usual parking spot that goes up to, and through, the old quarry. From there it goes over towards Stanage End and the A57, nowhere near Bamford Edge unfortunately:
http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=53.36050471646748~-1.6724880204548698&lvl=15&dir=0&...
deepsoup - on 03 Jun 2011
In reply to deepsoup:
ps: There was a thread about this a few days ago: http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=460826

Direct link (if it works) to the map and notice about the temporary closure:
http://www.openaccess.naturalengland.org.uk/OasysStatic/ViewRestrictionDocumentServlet?CaseNumber=20...

Its pretty common to see climbers taking dogs with them to Bamford Edge, so its probably worth repeating that there's a permanent (well, for the next 5 years or so at least) restriction on dogs in the same area. (Other than guide dogs and those under 'close control' on the rights of way.):
http://www.openaccess.naturalengland.org.uk/OasysStatic/ViewRestrictionDocumentServlet?CaseNumber=20...
Offwidth - on 03 Jun 2011
In reply to deepsoup:

"Its pretty common to see climbers taking dogs with them to Bamford Edge, so its probably worth repeating that there's a permanent (well, for the next 5 years or so at least) restriction on dogs in the same area. (Other than guide dogs and those under 'close control' on the rights of way.):"

Its more common to see locals walking their dog up there than climbers in my experience; most climbers seem to have got the message. Climber's dogs are much more of a problem at Stanage End.
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robw007 - on 03 Jun 2011
In reply to UKC News:
So no dogs beyond the causeway at High Neb or Stanage End either?

Thats important to know!

The sign on the stile at Bamford has always been very clear re dogs on the crag - the map from the link above is also very clear.

Thanks to Deepsoup for the info. May be worth sticking a weatherproof map on stiles up to High Neb, Stan End?


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