Welcome to ‘Paws on the Moors’, a website dedicated to help you and your dog enjoy the Peak District moorlands to their full potential, whilst helping to protect this special landscape, its wildlife and livestock.

Why not watch the short trailer of the animation (right). The full 15 minute animation can be found in the Downloads section and follows the story of Barney, a young pup, as he meets new friends on the moors over the course of a year.

The movie requires the latest Flash player extension. Click here to download the plug-in.

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Commended in the Association of Heritage Interpretations '2007 Interpret Britain & Ireland awards'

Responsible dog owners are welcome on the moors:

Please keep your dog close by, under control and in sight; however always use a short 2 metre lead:

  • Between 1st March – 31st July when rare moorland birds lay their eggs on the ground (Countryside Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000 – also known as the’ right to roam’)
  • Near farm animals – all year round. Sheep are particularly sensitive to dogs (Animal Act 1971)
  • If you cannot rely on your dog’s obedience

If livestock chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt trying to protect it.

Please follow official signs that illustrate the sensitive times and places where dogs are not allowed.

To discover if any areas are currently imposing access restrictions due to bird-nesting or other management reasons please visit www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk

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