Ideas on where to go
We're delighted to welcome you to your favourite places and explore our open landscapes or maybe try your hand at something new. Quality time with family and friends is something we've all been longing for.
With Step 4 of the roadmap now in place, you do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with and there are no limits on the number of people you can meet. However cases are high and rising, and for now, we must continue to proceed with caution to protect local communities, our friends and families, and other visitors. Please help do your bit.
Government are keeping in place a number of key protections and providing cautious guidance. This includes limiting the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increasing close contact gradually. Where possible, you should meet outdoors and let fresh air into enclosed spaces.
Bring hand sanitiser for use after touching shared surfaces (gates, stiles etc) and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
If you are visiting the North York Moors, we ask you to follow our guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly, including following The Countryside Code #RespectProtectEnjoy.
New to the countryside?
We’ve pulled together some useful info on how you can keep it special, share the North York Moors with everyone and everything, and have a great time whether you’re on foot, bike or horse or just hanging around with friends and family. #ShareWithCare
Explore our quieter spots
Rather than head to the same old favourite spots, why not make 2021 the year to explore somewhere new? To help you maintain social distancing and avoid busy hotspots, we'd like to suggest some other places 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 walks, runs, strolls and 'forest bathing'. Forestry England car parks are open including those at Dalby Forest, Clay Bank, Kilburn Woods/The White Horse, Broxa Forest and Silton Forest. Please see Forestry England’s website for more details.
- If Clay Bank is full, avoid blocking the B1257 and head further south to find our car park at Chop Gate and another Forestry England car park at Newgate Bank.
- Guisborough Forest is also open but parking is limited in the area. Why not avoid the crowds and park in Guisborough town instead? Join the disused railway path before entering Guisborough Forest where you can extend your walk along the Cleveland Way to Highcliffe Nab and beyond to visit Hanging Stone before returning to the town.
- Try a new picnic spot such as Anya's Wood (on the minor road from Osmotherley to Hawnby) - but please take your rubbish home with you.
- We have created a list of car parks and toilets within the National Park to help when planning your day.
- Ordnance Survey’s Greenspace Map is a great resource and can help you find lovely nature spots and parks local to you.
- Walking Britain website also has lots of local suggestions for walks in the western half of the National Park.
- Off-the-beaten-track routes suggested by locals are a great alternative to honeypot sites. Sources of local routes include ViewRanger and Outdooractive, digital guides 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 fire can be devastating for nature and wildlife, taking years for grass and the ground to recover properly.
Why BBQ when you can have as much fun discovering the great places to eat and drink in and around the North York Moors? Taste of the North York Moors highlights some of the very best food and drink producers, including places to eat and culinary experiences.
What's open in the North York Moors - attractions and activity providers
We recommend you have the most up-to-date information before you go anywhere and check individual websites before you set out as not everywhere will be open. Remember you may still need to pre-book and some attractions have timed entries in place.
During your time in the National Park, it is important to consider that others may wish to take a more cautious approach as we open up. Remember everyone’s choice is personal – please be kind and respectful. We want you to feel confident and reassured but above all, have a fun and memorable time.
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To ensure your visit is the best it can be, there's key information you should know before you go. Remember, things may still be a bit different and you may need to pre-book.
Many of our tourism businesses have received VisitEngland's 'We're Good To Go' mark that shows they are operating in line with government and public health COVID guidance, and have measures in place to maintain cleanliness.
Check out the 'We're Good to Go' searchable map showcasing all tourism and hospitality businesses which have the mark, so you can plan your trip to the North York Moors with confidence.
To help manage your visit, we ask you to plan ahead and pre-book accommodation where possible and, by booking direct, you'll be helping our small businesses.
You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms, however mild, or if you or someone in your household has had a positive COVID-19 result, or if you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
And please follow the latest guidance on accessing outdoor spaces safely.