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'Keep following Government guidance' - National Park's response on travel to beauty spots

3 April 2020

After seeing a dramatic reduction in the amount of people heading out into the North York Moors over the last week, the National Park Authority is reminding everyone that no one should be travelling into or around the National Park unless this is absolutely essential.

As clearly stated on the government’s website everyone should be avoiding all nonessential travel and permitted daily exercise should be done locally using open spaces near to your home. This is the key message that the North York Moors National Park Authority would urge people to continue to follow going into the weekend.

Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “We are so grateful that visitors and National Park residents have been following the Government’s guidance over the last few weeks. We have seen a huge drop in footfall at many popular beauty spots and we want this to continue.

“We must all take responsibility for helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and we can do this by simply staying at home and avoiding all nonessential travel.”

North Yorkshire Police would also like to remind people of the importance of following the Government’s advice. Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Our officers have been heartened that more and more people are following the Government measures and we need to keep this up to help protect our NHS and save lives.

“Our officers are on regular patrols through towns, villages and rural areas of the North York Moors, and indeed every part of North Yorkshire. We are also continuing to engage with motorists to ensure they understand the importance of the ‘stay home, save lives’ message. We hope that this weekend will continue to show fewer people heading out into the North York Moors.”

Public rights of way everywhere remain open for local use as permitted by law and 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: 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.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available here.