Responsible Use Of The Moors

Our moorland under pressure from people with leisure and mobility as never before. Unfortunately, our moorland and the livelihoods of the commoners, the people who have a right of use, is being irreparably damaged by illegal use of vehicles (bikes, 4×4’s, etc.) on the moor. If you see any incident on the moor that you are concerned about it’s important to try and report it by calling the 101 phone number or online by clicking HERE. Doing so ensures the incident is recorded, it generates a log and if a Police off road bike patrol is on duty they might be able to respond.

  • Enjoy the outdoors – Even when going out locally, it’s best to get the latest information about where and when you can go. For example, access to some areas of open access land may be restricted in particular places at particular times. Find out as much as you can about where you are going, plan ahead and follow advice and local signs. This is particularly important for sensitive moorlands were dogs may not be allowed.
  • Protect the natural environment – We all have a responsibility to protect the countryside now and for future generations, so make sure you don’t harm animals, birds, plants or trees and take home everything you brought with you. ‘Leave no trace of your visit’. When out with your dog make sure it is under effective control, and does not disturb farm animals, horses, wildlife or other people.
  • Respect other people – Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors. Remember that the countryside is a working environment and even small actions can lead to big disruption. Leave gates as you find them and take extra care to avoid the risk of starting wildfires. Unattended fires seen on the moors should be reported to the police and the nearest dwelling and barbeques and camp fires are illegal on open moorland.
  • Cyclists, please note you should NOT cycle on footpaths and we respectfully ask you to stick to the designated cycle routes and bridleways.
  • Please don’t drive motorised vehicles on footpaths, bridleways or restricted byways and please park with consideration for the local residents and farm access.

Audio History

Audio history about the section of Rooley Moor Road known locally as the Cotton Famine Road.

Our thanks go to Mid Pennine Arts for permission to use the audio file.

Heritage Trails

The Rooley Moor area is an ideal place to go for a walk, run, horse ride or mountain bike ride. Please keep checking as this part of the site is developed.

Trail 1 – Rooley Moor & The Cotton Famine Road

Trail 2 – Greenbooth From Rooley Moor

Trail 3 – Healey Dell From Rooley Moor

Trail 4 – Prickshaw & Broadley Fold From Rooley Moor

Please click here for more information about the History & Heritage of the area.

Rights of Way

There are over 11 miles of footpaths in our area.

Nationally Renowned Equestrian Routes

Part of the Mary Towneley Loop goes through our area.

Cycle Routes

There are opportunities to link routes.