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'Stay home, stay safe this Easter' - appeal from National Park

9 April 2020

Ahead of the Easter weekend, the North York Moors National Park Authority is reminding everyone that you should not be travelling into or around the National Park unless this is absolutely essential.

For many the Easter break is traditionally a perfect time to get out into the great outdoors with loved ones, but in these unprecedented times the government has made it very clear that everyone should be avoiding all nonessential travel. The government has also stated that the permitted daily exercise should be done locally using open spaces near to your home.

The North York Moors National Park Authority is urging people to keep following this guidance as it is critical to help slow the spread of COVID-19, protect our NHS and save lives.

Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “The beautiful North York Moors will still be here when this is all over, but for now we would urge people to keep following government guidance. The better we all adhere to such measures, the earlier such restrictions are likely to be lifted. Please don’t be tempted no matter what the weather brings. Stay home, stay safe and thank you for not travelling.”

Public rights of way everywhere remain open for local use as permitted by law but social distancing measures should always be maintained, such as keeping at least 2 metres apart and only going outside with members of your own household.

If you would like to learn more about the latest Government advice regarding access to open spaces please go to Government's Coronavirus - Guidance on access to green spaces page. The North York Moors National Park Authority will be constantly reviewing such measures and will provide any updates here:


Media contact

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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