We recently received the following information from the Forestry Commission which was sent out to Durham County Council Guided Walk leaders and the local Rambers Association.
There are some restrictions in place in the area of High Force as a result of disease in the juniper woodland. There is an emergency closure of open access land (see attached file at end of this post), and users of the Pennine Way are asked to clean their boots at specially provided bio-security stations, to keep dogs on leads and to stick to the public rights of way. The only issue really for walks leaders is the need to inform walkers, and to allow for the delays as everyone cleans their boots, but thought you might want to know.
We stress that the Pennine Way is still open and these restrictions do not close or divert the Pennine Way in any way, but this information is provided to advise you of the boot-cleaning and dogs on leads information.