Public urged to stay away from Yorkshire Dales National Park over weekend

A message from residents of West Burton in the first lockdown. Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is once again urging the public to heed Government advice to stay home and avoid all unnecessary travel this weekend.

Officials say police and park wardens will be out again this weekend to discourage the public from driving into and around the park for leisure reasons.

David Butterworth, chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who stayed home last weekend.

“Staying home will undoubtedly save lives, and our advice is the same this weekend.

“People must not make unnecessary trips to, or around the national park, whether visitor or local. Our ranger service will be out again this weekend supporting North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police to encourage people to heed that advice.”

National park offices, visitor centres, car parks and toilets are all closed, while public rights of way remain open for local people to take exercise, and shop for essentials, and officials say it is important these are not blocked or obstructed.

Where rights of way pass close to, or through residential and agricultural properties, Government advice regarding social distancing and hand washing should be strictly adhered to.

As a reminder, the public should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  1. Shopping for basic necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  2. One form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
  3. Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  4. Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Minimise time spent outside of the home and ensure you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Mr Butterworth said: “The beautiful Dales will still be here when this is all this over. It isn’t going anywhere, and neither should you.

“Stay home and plan your visit for when we’re open, and for when local businesses across the park will be delighted to welcome you.”