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Sunset at Cowbar Credit Mike KiplingSunset at Cowbar Credit Mike Kipling

With a National lockdown now in place, we are urging everyone to stay at home and to not travel into the North York Moors National Park unless this is absolutely essential

Government has stated that you must stay at home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’, which includes exercising (once a day), but not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). You can exercise in a public outdoor place local to you with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or, when on your own, with one other person. As not everyone has easy access to green space, you are allowed to travel a short distance within your local area to do so.

We know how important accessing the National Park is to your health and wellbeing and therefore all our car parks and toilets remain open for local use. Do remember most other visitor facilities will be closed with only a few exceptions, such as public forests. Before you leave home, you must check online to see if the outdoor space you're planning to visit is open.

If you are only a short distance away and thinking of exercising here, please follow our guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly.

If you’re unable to venture out, we've more features to inspire you from the comfort of your home:

  • This Land. Our home - articles exploring the wildlife and people of the North York Moors
  • Meet the Makers - meet the artisans who seek to capture all that makes the North York Moors special
  • Nature for all - a roundup of all the best ways to appreciate what’s around us and reconnect with nature

The National Park will be here waiting for you to enjoy fully when it is safe to do so and we look forward to welcoming you back then.


When you're ready to escape to nature, you can count on the North York Moors National Park for inspiration.

Whether you love nothing better than learning a new skill, trying out a restaurant for the first time, seeking solitude in peaceful spots, watching wildlife, or enjoying smiley moments with friends in beautiful surroundings, our National Park is full to the brim with options to shape your downtime just the way you want.

We’ve pulled together some ideas to get you started on great ways to enjoy ‘time for you’ across our treasured landscape.

Join a wildlife photography tour and caputre our moorland birds Credit Gordon Richardson

Go wild

Revel in the natural world – from pristine night skies to whale spotting

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Become a citizen scientist on a small mammal survey

Care moor

Ideas on how you can help care for the National Park from beach sweeps to wildlife surveys

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