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National Park thanks public after dramatic drop in travel to beauty spots

31 March 2020

The North York Moors National Park Authority would like to thank everyone who is following government advice after seeing a big reduction in people heading out into the National Park last weekend.

Last week the Authority issued a clear message to all visitors and National Park residents – to follow government advice by avoiding all nonessential travel including for exercise both within and into the National Park to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

A huge reduction in footfall along public rights of way was found. Villages, towns and popular beauty spots were also much quieter.

Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “We are truly grateful that most people have followed government advice. This is critical to save lives, reduce pressure on our NHS and ensure the safety of everyone who visits and lives within the North York Moors.

“The National Park is there for everyone, but for now we must all stay at home and only travel if it is really essential, remembering that travelling for exercise is not. We hope that everyone will continue to follow these measures until it is safe to remove them.

Public rights of way everywhere remain open for local use as permitted by law. This is still dependent on other social distancing measures being followed, such as keeping at least 2 metres apart and only going outside with members of your own household.

The Authority is reminding everyone to continue to follow this guidance and will be constantly reviewing all government advice and will provide any updates accordingly. To stay informed please go to where you can also find details regarding other measures the Authority has taken in response to the coronavirus outbreak.


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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