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Visitors urged not to visit daffodil hotspot to protect community

26 March 2020

Last weekend saw a surge in visitors heading to one of the North York Moors National Park’s most popular destinations at this time of year - Farndale, but to help protect everyone, the National Park Authority is urging people to follow government advice and avoid all nonessential travel.

On 23 March Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke directly to the public insisting that people ‘stay at home’ to help slow the coronavirus outbreak, outlining only a few limited reasons for people to leave their households including for: ‘one form of exercise per day, for example a run, walk or cycle’. This should be done locally and, of course, at a safe distance from other people.

Government advice has also stated that ‘essential’ travel does not include travelling for exercise, visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar for whatever purpose. Therefore, whilst all the car parks in Farndale and at Cod Beck are now closed (including those run by the local community), the North York Moors National Park Authority would like to remind visitors not to travel to the North York Moors unless their journey is essential.

Debbie Trafford, Head of Recreation and Ranger Services at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “Not travelling and interacting with each other reduces the risk of any incident that will involve and tie up the emergency services as well as reducing the personal risk of contracting COVID-19. Recent scenes of crowded car parks in the North York Moors are unacceptable in the current circumstances and I urge everyone to act responsibly and help get through this situation together.

“When carrying out any exercise we ask that this is done, where possible, close to your house and of course, at a safe distance from other people. The quicker we can beat the coronavirus, the quicker we can welcome visitors back to Farndale and the rest of the National Park.”

Measures that the Authority has taken in response to current government advice on the coronavirus outbreak include:

  • The closure of both The Moors National Park Centre, Sutton Bank National Park Centre and the Inspired by… gallery, as well as cancelling/postponing all communal National Park events, exhibitions, school visits and other activities planned to take place at these locations from 18 March until 31 May.
  • The cancellation/ postponement of all guided walks run by the National Park until 31 May
  • The closure of all Authority run car parks and toilets
  • Adjustments to Planning Services, which you can learn more about on our Planning pages.

The Authority will be constantly reviewing all government advice and will provide further updates on its website. To stay updated please go to:

If you would like to learn more about our advice regarding Farndale please send an email to:


Image caption: Farndale daffodils - credit Mike Nicholas

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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