We're delighted to give you a warm welcome to the National Park. Remember, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than six. In all cases, you should social distance from anyone you do not live with or is not part of your support bubble. The Government recommends that you keep at least two metres away from people where possible or where this is not possible, more than one metre apart as well as taking extra steps to stay safe.
Additional restrictions apply to those living in some surrounding areas of the National Park, depending on the local COVID alert level, which you should be aware of. Please do use the postcode search tool to check the alert level for your local area.
Before you head out of the door, make sure you Know Before You Go and plan your trip carefully. We've ideas on where to go and we’ve pulled together a map giving you the latest information on which attractions and activity providers are open in the North York Moors area.
For now we must proceed with caution and act responsibly to protect local communities and other visitors. Please help do your bit and thank you for social distancing.
We will be constantly reviewing all government advice and will provide updates here accordingly.
Guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly #RespectProtectEnjoy
If you’re visiting the North York Moors, please do follow our guidelines:
- Know Before You Go and plan ahead: Before travelling here, please check online to see if facilities are open first.
- Stay safe: Public Rights of Way everywhere remain open but we ask you to follow Government advice to observe social distancing guidelines. Clean your hands regularly. Bring hand sanitiser for use after touching shared surfaces (gates, stiles etc).
- Avoid popular spots: Large gatherings at beauty spots will only make social distancing incredibly difficult. If you arrive at a site that is already busy, go elsewhere or come another time. If car parks are full, remember do not block access for local residents, farm vehicles or emergency services, find an alternative. We have created a list of car parks within the National Park to help when planning your day, and some guidance on finding quieter spots to give you the opportunity to explore somewhere new.
- Follow The Countryside Code #RespectProtectEnjoy
➜ Respect other people: consider the local community and other people; park carefully so access to gateways is clear, leave gates and property as you find them; and follow paths
➜ Protect the natural environment: leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home; do not have BBQs or fires; keep dogs under control; dog poo - bag it and bin it
➜ Enjoy the outdoors: plan ahead and be prepared; follow advice and local signs and stick with the social distancing
- Respect wildlife and livestock: Always keep your dog on a short lead near farm animals, but if cattle act aggressively it is safer if you let it off the lead. Other wildlife, such as baby deer, may have moved into the spaces we have left behind so stick to defined routes and keep dogs under close control wherever you are. If you are driving, please slow down and drive with care on moorland roads as there is very likely to be a sheep or bird wandering around the next bend.
- Remember wild camping remains illegal: Almost all the land in the National Park is privately owned, and you must get the landowner's permission before camping. Some farmers and landowners may allow camping if you ask them, but if in doubt find an official campsite; there are plenty to choose from.
- Follow the latest Government advice closely: Find out what you can and can not do for each COVID alert level. Government also regularly updates its guidance on using green spaces safely.
If you’re unable to venture out to the North York Moors, check out our website for inspiration, including Nature for all, a roundup of all the best ways to appreciate what’s around us and reconnect with nature from the comfort of your home.
National Park Authority services during COVID-19 restrictions
Our reception staff are working normally to answer telephone queries during office hours (9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). However, our offices are still closed for unarranged public access, though pre-arranged meetings with officers can take place. Health and Safety precautions have been put in place, including hand sanitisers, screens where required and social distancing of 2m to be observed. Contact details will be required for test and trace purposes.
We are continuing to follow Government advice and most of our office based staff are working at home, but coming into the office when they need to for specific purposes. You can still reach us by email in the usual way on firstname.lastname@example.org.
These changes mean that we can offer a more accessible planning service and officers will be available to offer pre-arranged advice and undertake site visits, with safeguards in place. Further details of the service are available in the Planning service coronavirus webpage.
At the present time, public meetings will still be held remotely using video or telephone conferencing technology and our Planning Committees are being held virtually where planning applications requiring Member determination are decided. This will be reviewed in November.
National Park facilities
In line with Government guidance, all of our car parks and toilets are open. Please check the latest information on our car parks and toilets page.
Both our National Park Centres at Sutton Bank and Danby are open, including the Inspired by… gallery, although there are certain restrictions in place. Don't forget, face coverings must be worn throughout the Centres. We won’t be able to provide you with a face covering; please bring your own so you don’t miss out. Our toilets are open but may be at a reduced capacity to assist with social distancing; you may also find them closed for additional cleaning during the day, please be patient.
Park Life Café is operating a limited service at Sutton Bank and The Moors National Park Centres. Please follow their one-way system, and stick to social distancing rules and any procedures they have in place. The independently operated Sutton Bank Bikes shop is also providing cycle hire at Sutton Bank (pre-booking recommended).
Further guidance so you know what to expect before you visit and frequently asked questions regarding our gallery, events and activities are available on the Sutton Bank National Park Centre page and The Moors National Park Centre page.
We are now able to go ahead with some events and workshops following Government guidelines. Please check our events calendar for details. However our guided walks programme has been cancelled for 2020 and will restart in spring 2021.
These measures will remain under constant review.
We are pleased that we are able to safely accommodate volunteering activities, particularly those that take place outside. We are keeping a close eye on the developing local picture and have decided that any volunteers who live in very high risk areas (Tier 3) should not be travelling to work with us at the moment, although volunteers living in medium and high risk areas (Tiers 1 and 2) can continue to volunteer.
All of our tasks have c-19 precautions in place, which volunteers must follow. Thanks for your continued patience and we look forward to continuing to get back to normal volunteering in the North York Moors in the not too distant future.
- Search our interactive map to find out if your local community has a food delivery or collection service.
- People in North Yorkshire without access to a support network in urgent need of help, or for signposting someone in need, should get in touch with North Yorkshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre by calling 01609 780780 or find out more on the County Council website.
- North Yorkshire County Council is urgently looking for additional staff to support vital health and social care services. Find out how to apply.
- Community First Yorkshire is working with partners to co-ordinate community responses, including connecting local people to volunteering opportunities.
- Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency is acting similarly
- The Farming Help Partnership – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and RSABI, supported by The Prince's Countryside Fund - are working together to support the Farming Community.
General business support
- Government COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
- Government’s dedicated Business Support website outlines how to access business support measures
- Information about support available to businesses in North Yorkshire can be found via North Yorkshire County Council. This includes links to the relevant sections on the District and Borough Council websites for accessing business rates support, the Small Business Grant Fund, Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Schemes and Discretionary Business Grant Scheme.
- The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership has launched a York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub, offering business advice and support for no charge, including a ‘From Adversity to Recovery’ mentoring programme designed to support SMEs, as well as a comprehensive list of funding and grant support.
- Information for businesses located in Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council can be found on its Business Support Information page.
- Federation of Small Businesses has advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed on reducing the risks from coronavirus. Scarborough Borough Council is currently offering free membership to 300 businesses on a first come, first served basis.
- The National Lottery Heritage Fund £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak is open for applications until 31 July.
- See Arts Council England for its latest advice, guidance and emergency funding measures, including a £500m Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Programme. This will provide grants of £50,000 to £3m to cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit), including theatres, music and comedy venues and museums, while Local Authorities, Universities and other Public Sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services can also apply.
- Historic England are providing grants of £10,000 to £1mn and £1-3mn through a £88m Culture Recovery Fund to help heritage organisations or businesses cover operating costs, assess and adapt their business models, and become financially viable. Apply by 17 August.
- Digital Advantage Grants - available for SME businesses based in North Yorkshire to spend on anything connected to digital/online. Delivered by Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. Contact e: email@example.com or T: 02476 236406
Specific support and advice for the tourism sector
- Get involved in Project Thrive - we're working with North York Moors Tourism Network on how tourism businesses can develop a stronger off-peak season and what we need to do to target additional markets with product development.
- Follow the Recovery Marketing Programme run by tourism specialist, Susan Briggs. There is no charge for any of this activity. You can also join the very supportive online Tourism Network community.
- Apply to our Local businesses tourism contribution grant scheme. Projects could include setting up an event, adapting your offer to enable you to join one of our activity friendly schemes or encouraging off-peak visits. Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
- Visit England/Visit Britain latest information and how Government and its agencies are managing it specific to the tourism industry. A dedicated page on their Business Advice Hub signposts tourism businesses to the latest Government health advice, how to manage staff, cleaning guidance and financial support.
- VisitEngland's ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard enables businesses to reassure your customers that you are adhering to Government and public health guidelines and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment. Complete a self-assessment via the online platform to receive a certification for your business and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to display on your premises and online.
- Scarborough Borough Council has pulled together a comprehensive list of support available to tourism businesses on its Discover Yorkshire Coast website as has Ryedale District Council.
- The Visit York Members and Partners web page provides key updates and useful resources.
- Welcome to Yorkshire's Business Support pages include updates, toolkits and examples of best practice from across the industry
- We'd love to know if you're a food business operating special services within your local community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our interactive map.
- Artisan Whitby have set up a pop-up community initiative to support local artists, artisans and craft producers through creating an online market square. If you make and sell your own produce you can add a listing.
We will be constantly reviewing all government advice and will provide updates here accordingly.
Our latest statements
- 'Welcome back' - National Park Centres open doors for the first time in over 14 weeks – 3 July 2020
- National Park takes new steps to tackle litter – 12 June 2020
- 'Explore quieter spots and avoid local communities' – latest message from National Park – 29 May 2020
- National Park warns 'fires could devastate wildlife so no BBQs' – 28 May 2020
- National Park issues bank holiday weekend guidance to keep people safe – 22 May 2020
- ‘If it’s busy move on or stay local’ - weekend message from police and National Park – 14 May 2020
- ‘Stay apart. Act responsibly. Save lives.’ - key message from National Park – 12 May 2020
- Clear message from police and National Parks - 'Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.' – 30 April 2020
- National Park issues fire alert and urges caution to support emergency services amid coronavirus – 17 April 2020
- 'Stay home, stay safe this Easter' – appeal from National Park – 09 April 2020
- ‘Keep following Government guidance’ – National Park's response on travel to beauty spots – 03 April 2020
- National Park thanks public after dramatic drop in travel to beauty spots – 31 March 2020
- Do not travel to the North York Moors unless this is really essential – 27 March 2020
- Visitors urged not to visit daffodil hotspot to protect community – 26 March 2020
- COVID-19 – Heather burning in the North York Moors – 26 March 2020
- COVID-19: Latest update from the North York Moors National Park Authority – 23 March 2020
- National Park Authority update – 18 March 2020