for Cyclists on Trails
A full set of by-laws can be found posted on the reverse of some of the trail notices.
Footpaths and Bridleways
Those of you from foreign parts may no be familiar with the English system of Public Footpaths and Bridleways. These are legal rights of way for your use. Many pass over farmland and even through farm yards and other property but our law says that the landowner may not obstruct you. Should you come across an obstruction you may take any reasonable diversion around it. A Bridleways is a right of way on which you may ride a horse or a bicycle but you must not do either on a footpath. There is no need to go walking on the road edges except to join up footpath routes - so don't do it!
Certain high moorlands are designated "open country" and walkers may roam at will with the permission of the landowner. There may be restrictions in the grouse shooting season however.
Occasionally you will come across livestock grazing in a field. Try not to disturb it while sticking to the footpath. Beware of bulls - certain breeds of bull are allowed to be run with cows on fields with public access but I would always give these a wide berth and plan my escape route. Cows with calves should not be approached as these can be dangerous if upset. Fields of over friendly heifers or bullocks can be crossed with the shaking of a stick and quick shout. The livestock in Derbyshire fields sees regular foot traffic and generally with give you no trouble. Do not let you dog chase livestock.
(anyone know an official source - here's what I can remember)