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

Covid-19 update (April 2022)

We're delighted to give you a warm welcome to the National Park.

The government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading the virus, including letting fresh air in and wearing a face covering or face mask in certain situations.

It is also important to consider that others may wish to take a more cautious approach. We should all be considerate of this, and provide the opportunity and space for others to reduce close contacts if they wish. We've ideas on where to go to avoid the crowds, information on which attractions are open in the North York Moors area, as well as car parks and toilets.

We will be constantly reviewing all Government advice and will provide updates here accordingly.

Guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly #RespectProtectEnjoy

If you’re visiting the North York Moors, please do follow our guidelines:

  • Know Before You Go and plan ahead: Before travelling here, please check online to see if facilities are open. It’s also worth checking for road closures as well as any planned roadworks, as there may be lengthy diversions in place.
  • Stay safe: Clean your hands regularly. Bring hand sanitiser for use after touching shared surfaces (gates, stiles etc) and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors. Remember weather conditions can change quickly. Are you fully equipped? Plan ahead and be prepared – and read our advice on staying safe.
  • Enjoy our spaces: If you arrive at a site that is busy, why not explore somewhere else and come another time? If car parks are full, remember do not park on verges or block gates, which restricts access for emergency services, local residents or farm vehicles; find an alternative. We have created a list of car parks within the National Park to help when planning your day, and some guidance on finding quieter spots to give you the opportunity to discover somewhere new..
  • Countryside Code - Respect. Protect. EnjoyFollow The Countryside Code #RespectProtectEnjoy
    If you are heading out into the North York Moors, please follow The Countryside Code:
    ➜ Respect everyone: be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside; leave gates and property as you find them; do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking; be nice, say hello, share the space; follow local signs and keep to marked paths
    ➜ Protect the environment: take your litter and dog poo home – leave no trace of your visit; do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can; always keep dogs under control, preferably on a lead; care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
    ➜ Enjoy the outdoors: check your route and local conditions; plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do; enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
  • Respect wildlife and livestock: Always keep your dog or puppy on a short lead near farm animals, but if cattle act aggressively, it is safer if you let your dog off the lead. Other wildlife, such as baby deer, may be hiding close by too so stick to defined routes and tread carefully. If you are driving, please slow down and drive with care on moorland roads as there is very likely to be a sheep or bird wandering around the next bend.
  • Be our 'eyes and ears': North Yorkshire has the greatest number of confirmed incidents of raptor persecution. Find out how you can help by being our 'eyes and ears' and report any sightings of dead or injured birds or poisoned bait sites as part of Operation Owl. Please be aware that not all trapping methods are illegal, and that many responsible land managers will use legal methods to control certain species of birds and mammals. North Yorkshire Police has further information to help you recognise illegal pole traps. Please report suspicious incidents by calling 101 and ask that details are passed on to a Wildlife Crime Officer.
  • Remember wild camping is unlawful: Almost all the 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.
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

National Park Authority services

The National Park HQ at The Old Vicarage in Helmsley is open to the public (9am–5pm Monday to Friday).

You can also reach us by telephone (01439 772700) and email in the usual way on

Planning service

Planning Officers are available at the office in Helmsley or to meet on site, subject to adherence to the Authority’s Covid-19 safeguarding protocol and prior notification. Planning Committees have returned to pre-covid arrangements with face-to-face meetings open to the public being held as normal at the National Park Headquarters, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley unless otherwise stated.

National Park facilities

All car parks and toilets are open. Please check the latest information on our car parks and toilets page.

Our National Park Centres at Sutton Bank and Danby continue to have measures in place to keep everyone safe. You'll find hand sanitisers across both sites. You are very welcome to wear a mask inside the National Park Centre. Remember everyone’s choice is personal – please be kind and respectful.

Park Life Café is open daily at Sutton Bank and Danby Lodge National Park Centres, offering a full eat in and takeaway service. Please stick to any other procedures they have in place.

Further guidance and frequently asked questions regarding our gallery, events and activities are available on the Sutton Bank National Park Centre page and Danby Lodge National Park Centre page.

These measures remain under constant review.


Volunteers are now back into their roles, both individual volunteering roles and in groups. The way in which we work has changed a lot over the last 12 months and the way in which some volunteering groups are organised may be different. Each line manager will continue to be working at their own pace and inviting their volunteers back as soon as they are able.

There is no pressure for any volunteer to return to their role unless they feel completely comfortable doing so. We do not have any restrictions on volunteering based on age or vulnerability, but we are asking that everyone thinks carefully about their own situation and follow all Government and National Park guidance.

Thank you again for your continued patience and we look forward to continuing to get back to volunteering in the North York Moors.

General business support

Specific support and advice for the tourism sector

  • Get involved in Project Thrive - we're working with North York Moors Tourism Network on how tourism businesses can develop a stronger off-peak season and what we need to do to target additional markets with product development. You can also join the very supportive online Tourism Network community.
  • Apply to our Local businesses tourism contribution grant scheme. Projects could include setting up an event, adapting your offer to enable you to join one of our activity friendly schemes or encouraging off-peak visits. Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
  • VisitEngland Business Advice HubVisit England/Visit Britain latest information is specific to the tourism industry. A dedicated page on their Business Advice Hub signposts tourism businesses to the latest Government health advice, how to manage staff, cleaning guidance and financial support.
  • VisitEngland's ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard enables businesses to reassure your customers that you are adhering to Government and public health guidelines and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment. Complete a self-assessment via the online platform to receive a certification for your business and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to display on your premises and online.
  • Ryedale District Council has pulled together a comprehensive list of support available to tourism businesses.
  • The Visit York Members and Partners web page provides key updates and useful resources.
  • Welcome to Yorkshire's Business Support pages include updates, toolkits and examples of best practice from across the industry
  • We'd love to know if you're a food business operating special services within your local community. Email to be added to our interactive map.
  • Artisan Whitby have set up a pop-up community initiative to support local artists, artisans and craft producers through creating an online market square. If you make and sell your own produce you can add a listing.

Community support

  • People in North Yorkshire without access to a support network in urgent need of help, or for signposting someone in need, should get in touch with North Yorkshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre by calling 01609 780780 or find out more on the County Council website.
  • North Yorkshire County Council is looking for additional staff to support vital health and social care services. Find out how to apply.
  • Community First Yorkshire is working with partners to co-ordinate community responses, including connecting local people to volunteering opportunities.
  • Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency is acting similarly
  • The Farming Help Partnership – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and RSABI, supported by The Prince's Countryside Fund - are working together to support the Farming Community.

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