For those of you completing our trig point challenge, please find additional guidance and information for those trig points that fall within private land.
If you’ve signed up for our Trig point checklist and map then you’ll notice the key at the bottom with * against those trigs that fall on private land. You can sign up below if you’ve not received yet.
In total, there are 32 of the 88 trigs in the Peak District that fall on private land and for EVERY one of these you MUST seek permission before walking to the trig point.
Since the challenge has begun, I know many of you are seeking permission and chatting with farmers which is brilliant. It’s a great way to build relationships between farmers and walkers and 100% what the challenge is about.
However, I’ve had messages from people and chatted on the phone with a farmer about a few (unnamed people) who aren’t being respectful. For example, four people were spotted trespassing and asked to leave, then later in the day they were witnessed running across the field to the trig – not great and could ultimately result in no-one being able to visit the trig.
The particular farmer I chatted too was lovely, but not everyone will be like him. He was concerned about people damaging fragile dry stone walls or being injured, from either barbed wire or electric fences. But also, a more concerning issue, fields with cows, calves and bulls. Fields that have cattle (on public footpaths) are used to seeing people and farmers are also responsible for bulls within these boundaries. But on their own private land, you are the one who is trespassing and you could seriously put yourself in danger. Cows and bulls are very protective of their calves especially during spring and this could result in a dangerous encounter.
The Trig Challenge was created as a bit of fun, a way of exploring the Peak District. There’s no monetary reward for visiting every trig and no time limit. If you can’t get permission on your walk, then don’t visit and save for later. You may find the landowner isn’t directly on your route that day, the farm may be around the other side. And since it’s a fun challenge, you make the rules, sometimes you might be able to see the trig point but not reach it, so that’s still a tick for visiting :).
To see the full list of all 88 trig points and our walks to visit each trig read out detailed post here Peak District Trig Points