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With a National lockdown now in place, we are urging everyone to stay at home and to not travel into the North York Moors National Park unless this is absolutely essential.

Government has stated that you must stay at home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’ which includes exercising (once a day), but not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting).

You can exercise in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble) or, when on your own, with one person from another household. In all cases, you should social distance from anyone you do not live with or is not part of your support bubble, which includes staying two metres apart. Where this is not possible, stay one metre apart and take extra steps to stay safe such as wearing a face covering. You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

If you are heading out for your daily exercise, remember this must be done locally and in open spaces close to your own home, and you should walk or cycle to them wherever possible. As not everyone has easy access to green space, you are allowed to travel a short distance within your area to do so.

We know how important accessing the National Park is to your health and wellbeing, and therefore all our car parks and toilets will remain open for local use. If you are only a short journey away and thinking of exercising here, we ask you to follow Government’s rules on exercising and meeting other people when visiting and to follow our guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly,  including following The Countryside Code #RespectProtectEnjoy.

To help you maintain social distancing and avoid busy hotspots, we'd like to suggest some new areas to help you find your space:

  • Moorland: There’s so much open moorland that can be safely explored. Please be careful when choosing where to visit and park. There are numerous laybys that are able to accommodate a few cars and many of these are at the start of a public right of way so please use with care, whilst remembering not to block minor moorland roads.
  • Forests: There are plenty of forest trails for walking and running. Forestry England car parks are open for local exercise including those at Dalby Forest, Clay Bank, Kilburn Woods/The White Horse, Broxa Forest and Silton Forest. Guisborough Forest is also open. Please see Forestry England’s website for more details.
  • Ordnance Survey’s Greenspace Map is a great resource and can help you find lovely nature spots and parks local to you.
  • Off-the-beaten-track routes suggested by locals are a great alternative to honeypot sites. Sources of local routes include ViewRanger, a digital guide to the outdoors with downloadable route guides and outdoor maps.

Please do not light any fires or barbecues in the open countryside or in woods/forests (including Dalby Forest). Any wildfires could be potentially devastating for wildlife and the environment, causing serious and lasting harm.

Public gardens and grounds of heritage sites

Remember most other public outdoor spaces in the North York Moors will be closed, with only a few exceptions. Before you leave home, you must check online to see if the outdoor space you're planning to visit is open.

English Heritage is keeping a selection of its sites open for local visitors, which have outdoor spaces. Local to the North York Moors is Byland Abbey

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

And please follow the latest rules on exercising and meeting other people from outside your household, travel and outdoor spaces.