Yorkshire’s moorlands are crucial to the economic well-being of the region. The result of disruption to the moors was felt hardest when large areas were closed off during the foot and mouth crisis, which resulted in tourism taking a massive hit.
During grouse shooting season some of the more popular moors are closed off to visitors, directly impacting on the tourist-based economy which provides investment and a livelihood to many. Members of interest groups have also experienced encounters with grouse shoots, expressing their concerns about hearing the guns going off around them.
Students and visitors have been warned from open access land by gamekeepers, sometimes aggressively. There is no question that grouse shooting interferes with access rights.