|There are now more opportunities than ever before
to enjoy the benefits of access to the AONB's countryside. People
using the AONB for recreation are always made welcome provided they
are sensitive to the needs of local people, especially the farming
community, and follow the advice contained in the Countryside Code
and Moorland Codes.
Heather covered moorlands look stunning, especially in August and September when in full purple bloom and people are drawn to their great open landscapes. The right of access to open country welcomes walkers to mountain, moor, registered common land, heath and down and with our rights come responsibilities naturally.
Britain has 75% of the world's remaining heather, and it is these heather moorlands that provide some of the last safe havens for nesting birds such as curlew, lapwing, merlin, golden plover and black grouse. As a result, the law protects most of these moorlands.
By being informed and responsible visitors, we can all play or part in conserving our unique heather heritage and its wildlife for future generations.
Please follow the Moorland Visitor's Code: