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Know where you stand on Barden Moor

[Tuesday 16 January 2007]
barden moor
Ranger Phil Richards puts the finishing touches to one of the
access boards

VISITORS to the magnificent Barden Moor and Barden Fell in Southern Wharfedale now know exactly where they stand and where they are able to walk freely following work carried out by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

The Authority's Ranger service has just completed the installation of 18 access boards; positioned at entry points to the fell and moor they provide information as to which areas of moorland are open to the public under the terms of an access agreement between the National Park and Bolton Abbey Estate.

Bolton Abbey Estate has allowed public access on its land since 1968 and helped to create the new boards which also contain information on the recently-introduced Countryside and Rights of Way Act in relation to access land.

Phil Richards, the YDNPA's Area Ranger for Lower Wharfedale, said: "The whole aim of the boards is to help people to know where they are and where they can go.

"Both the YDNPA and Bolton Abbey Estate wish members of the public to enjoy the moorland and at the same time respect any restrictions that may be in place.

The estate has had a long and progressive tradition of access - particularly to the moorland

Ben Heyes - Bolton Abbey Estate

"For that reason we would advise visitors to the two areas of moorland to take a few moments to look at the information provided on the panels which also includes seasonal restrictions for both shooting and occasionally for the risk of fire. Visitors are also reminded that dogs are not allowed on the moorland unless on public rights of way."

Ben Heyes, agent for Bolton Abbey Estate said: "The estate has had a long and progressive tradition of access - particularly to the moorland - within the Devonshire Family Trust's ownership at Bolton Abbey and these new panels maintain and enhance that tradition as well helping, we hope, those who wish to enjoy the moors to do so safely and responsibly."

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