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Couple walking in heather by Ceri OakesCouple walking in heather by Ceri Oakes

We love welcoming everyone into the National Park, it’s a very special place and perfect for getting closer to nature.

It’s a working landscape and a home for folks and rare wildlife too.

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. #ShareWithCare

Stay safe and plan ahead

Weather conditions can change quickly here in the uplands. Be prepared. Make sure you have the correct equipment for the weather and finding your way - and read our advice on staying safe.

It’s worth checking for road closures, particularly during severe weather, as well as any planned roadworks, as there may be lengthy diversions in place.

Busy, busy, busy

If car parks are full, avoid parking on verges or blocking gates. Not only does this restrict access for local residents, farm vehicles and emergency services but these grassy areas are home to important habitats supporting lots of different plants and animals.

Please find an alternative. We’ve created a list of car parks within the National Park to help.

All paths are the same, right?

Nope! Footpaths are for feet only.

There are four types of rights of way (public paths), check out the differences so you know you’re on the right track if you’re walking, biking or horse riding. Share bridleways considerately.

Respect wildlife and livestock

If you’re in a vehicle, please slow down and drive with care on moorland roads as there could be a sheep or bird wandering around the next bend. Be especially careful when driving at night.

Tread carefully… paths, grass verges, even car parks, might harbour baby mammals and birds that nest on the ground.

Our coastline is home to seals too, a fantastic wildlife experience! Disturbance can distress and harm them and endanger yourself, we recommend:

  • Keeping your distance (at least 10 metres) - use your camera or binoculars instead (don't use a drone though and no seal selfies)
  • Keeping dogs on a short lead
  • Keeping noise to a minimum

Please report anything that might harm our wildlife - call 101 and ask that details are passed to a Wildlife Crime Officer.

Pooch perfect

The North York Moors is a great place to take your dog for a walk. We’ve plenty of suggestions for dogs (and their owners!) plus advice on keeping your dog safe and happy, including when to have your pooch on a lead. Stick to defined routes and keep your dogs on a lead or under close control to protect wildlife and grazing sheep.

Keep Britain Tidy - Someone else will pick it up

Why can’t I find a litter or dog poo bin?

Dead frog in bottle found when litter picking Credit Jonathan GreenUnlike towns and cities, you won’t find many bins out in the open countryside. As well as the practicalities of emptying them in hard to reach places, they also detract from the National Park's special qualities.

But litter kills our wildlife…

Give nature a chance and take your rubbish and dog poo home. Carry out what you carry in.

There are some great dog waste bags available to buy that last for years so you can safely carry dog poo without the smell spoiling your walk.

Check out Young Ranger Livia's thoughts on litter too:

Keep it clean

Your clothes and equipment can carry pests and diseases in and out of the National Park. Stop the spread by cleaning, washing and drying your footwear, clothing, bikes and equipment. This is particularly important if you're planning to do water-based activities too.

Be fire aware

Moorland and forest fires destroy everything in their path – devastating for wildlife and the environment.

Leave the BBQ at home and have a picnic instead.

Do not light fires, or discard matches, cigarettes or glass in the open countryside.

Look after the trails

If you're exploring on two wheels make sure you stay on track and keep singletrack single. You must ask permission from the landowner if you intend to alter or build trails.

Wild camping is illegal without permission

Almost all 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.

Stone-stacking is not cool

Did you know there are over 700 Scheduled Monuments within the North York Moors? Those lumps and bumps, and piles of loose stones you’ll come across all have a story to tell and could be a Bronze Age barrow. They’re also protected sites of national importance and damaging them in any way is an offence.

Moving a few stones to create a stack or cairn may seem harmless but it disturbs these archaeological features and destroy clues from our past, and exposes the soil, leading to erosion and could even destroy the homes of spiders and insects.

Leave no trace of your visit.

The Countryside CodeFollow The Countryside Code #RespectProtectEnjoy

Check out The Countryside Code before any visit to the countryside:

➜ 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 (or take it home)
➜ Enjoy the outdoors: plan ahead and be prepared; follow advice and local signs.

Thank you and enjoy your visit.