Public Rights of Way
COVID-19 Important Message
Public rights of Way remain open, but we ask you to follow Government advice: stay at home, avoid unnecessary travel and observe social distancing guidelines. Please do not travel into or around the National Park to carry out daily exercise; stay near home. Travel for exercise is classed as non-essential.
All Authority car parks, public toilets and visitor centres are closed.
The North York Moors National Park has 2,345 km of Public Rights of Way (footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic), providing access to the countryside for enjoyment and recreation. All Rights of Way work undertaken by the National Park Authority is dealt with on a priority basis, subject to the availability of resources
The National Park Authority and landowners are jointly responsible for the maintenance of these routes.
- Gates, stiles and signs can be provided and bridge construction, drainage and surfacing may also be carried out by the National Park Authority.
- North Yorkshire County Council is responsible for any modifications to the Definitive Map and Diversion Orders (PPOs).
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Open Access land
Many areas of moorland or other open areas are designated as 'open access land' for the public to use for recreation on foot. This is sometimes referred to as 'the right to roam'. We can offer advice to people who wish to use these open access rights and for landowners whose land is affected (for example on applying for temporary closures).
For physical improvements to Public Rights of Way:
Naomi Green/Andy Holtby (Rangers - North area)
Simon Bassindale/Gez Marshall (Rangers - West area)
David Smith/Matt Fitzgerald (Rangers - South area)
Bernie McLinden/Martyn Williams (Rangers - Coast area)
For general enquiries about Public Rights of Way:
Debbie Trafford, Head of Recreation and Ranger Services
T: 01439 772700
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