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Stay apart. Act responsibly. Save lives.Stay apart. Act responsibly. Save lives.

Plan ahead and Know Before You Go

We're delighted you can return to your favourite places, 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.

Alongside our outdoor spaces, shops, gardens and takeaways which are already open, from 4 July, pubs, restaurants and accommodation providers can open their doors.

To ensure your visit is the best it can be, there's key information you should Know Before You Go. Remember, things may be a bit different and new measures may require you to pre-book.

We're Good to Go accreditation markMany of our tourism businesses have received VisitEngland's 'We're Good To Go', an accreditation that shows they are following latest Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, and have measures in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing so you can enjoy your days out 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.

Explore our quieter spots

If you are thinking of visiting the North York Moors, please 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 for you to visit and 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. Keep dogs on lead at all times as it is ground-nesting bird season. Look out for chicks and birds in distress!
  • Forests: There are plenty of forest trails for walks, 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.
  • 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.

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. Remember you may need to pre-book and some have timed entries in place. Some businesses may remain closed as they make adjustments to the way they operate.

During your time in the National Park, we ask you to be considerate and observe social distancing. We want you to feel confident and reassured but above all, have a fun and memorable time.

Click Map Key Image to plan your visit and see the full list of attractions and activities that are open or planning to open soon.

Please let us know if we need to add or update information. Get in touch by emailing tourism@northyorkmoors.org.uk

See Discover Yorkshire Coast for updates on which attractions and food operators are open in Scarborough, Filey and Whitby.