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No Cycling, No Horses, No Vehicles,
The directives are most clearly signed.
Many cyclists persist in disregarding this,
Giving bad names to all of their kind.


You CAN cycle on:


look to see where you can cycleBRIDLEWAYS: You’ve had the right to ‘share’ bridleways with walkers and horses since 1968. Horses, some dogs and other animals get easily spooked, so give them due consideration. Slowing down, a smile and greeting generates good will.

BYWAYS OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC: These allow all traffic to pass.

FOREST TRACKS AND PATHS: Permission is officially required for riding through Forestry Commission land, this permission has often already been granted, but check first. Stick to the waymarked routes (if not you may meet a logging truck head on).

GREEN LANES and WHITE ROADS: Most roads on Ordnance Survey maps have colours to show their status. White roads have no colour, so are not recorded as having any rightsof- way status, but it’s best to check first. Green Lanes are unsealed country roads, tracks or byways, also research first as they may be private roads and, if so, you’ll need the owner’s permission to use them.


You CAN’T cycle on:


you can cycle on the Cromford canal towpath but give way to walkersCANAL TOW-PATHS: Cromford canal is an exception (but cyclists are expected to give way to walkers).

DISUSED RAILWAY LINES: You may only use those routes that have been designated and waymarked.

FOOTPATHS: The name says it all – it’s a path for feet. The yellow arrow denotes footpaths in Derbyshire.

PRIVATE ROADS: Unless you have permission from the landowner.





  • Always stay on the waymarked track to keep scarring to a minimum.
  • Go through puddles not round them; going round just makes them wider, and damages
    more ground.
  • Soil and grasses are more prone to damage when wet, so in wet weather ride on hard
    surfaces only.
  • Do not create new trails through virgin land.

cycle tracks on Crich ChaseCycle scarring on Crich Chase which was designated a triple SI (SSSI), Site of Special Scientific Interest in December 2013. This photograph was taken in 2016. A lot of this land is peat so damage to the soil structure is considerable.
Our footpaths and Crich Chase are special we need to protect them.





Trish Jones