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Plan ahead. Enjoy our spaces. Share with care.Plan ahead. Enjoy our spaces. Share with care.

As we move into Stage 3 of the Roadmap, 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.

When outside meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with), this can be in a group of up to 30 (from any number of households) but you must not interact with anyone outside of your own group. You can make a personal choice on whether to keep your distance from your friends and family, but you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on associated risks and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Remember social distancing requirements to stay 2 metres apart continue to apply in businesses, at public venues and on public transport, as does wearing a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. Indoor venues and attractions must only be accessed in groups of up to 6 people or 2 households of any size, unless an exemption applies.

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.
  • 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 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.


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 need to pre-book and some have timed entries in place.

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 open attractions and activities you can take part in.

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

Plan ahead and Know Before You Go

Alongside our outdoor spaces, shops, gardens and takeaways, pubs, restaurants and accommodation providers have now opened 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 logoMany 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 and aid social distancing.

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 or are self-isolating.

And please follow the latest guidance on accessing outdoor spaces safely.