Ideas on where to go
Explore our quieter spots
We know how important accessing the National Park is to your health and wellbeing. However spending time or exercising outdoors should be done locally. As not everyone has easy access to green space, you are allowed to travel a short distance if necessary.
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.
- 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. At Dalby Forest, toilets, play areas, café (takeaway only) and bike shop are open. Guisborough Forest is also open. Please see Forestry England’s website for more details.
- We have created a list of car parks and toilets within the National Park to help when planning your day.
- Ordnance Survey’s Greenspace Map is a great resource and can help you find lovely nature spots and parks local to you.
- Walking Britain website also has lots of local suggestions for walks in the western half of the National Park.
- 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.
If you're visiting our coast, please take care as coastal dangers are ever present. To reduce pressure on the NHS and emergency services, including HM Coastguard, The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is asking people to avoid activities that involve a significant degree of risk.
Public gardens and grounds
You can also spend time for exercise and recreation in public outdoor spaces such as parks, playgrounds, and public gardens at visitor attractions, whether entry is paid or not.
- English Heritage is keeping a selection of its sites open, which have large outdoor spaces. Local to the North York Moors are:
Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens
Please be aware most indoor facilities will be closed, except for toilets and essential retail e.g farm shops. 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.
You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.