Public urged to stay away from Yorkshire Dales National Park

Swaledale, by Stephen Garnett. Photo: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority bossies are urging the public to stay home and not to make unnecessary trips to the park.

National Park offices in Bainbridge and Grassington are closed to the public, as are visitor centres and the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

However, national park car parks, toilets and public rights of way remain with officials saying they are for use by “local people to take exercise and shop for essentials”.

Neil Heseltine, chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “The message is clear, stay home, exercise locally, and avoid all unnecessary travel.

“Many people in our communities fall into the most vulnerable category of people. This means:

  • No-one should be coming to the national park for recreation or leisure, for example a picnic or a social meeting.
  • No-one should travel outside of their local area for exercise.

“Finally, the Yorkshire Dales will be here for us all when this is over. It isn’t going anywhere, and neither should you.

“Please stay home and plan for when local businesses across the Park will be back up and running and delighted to welcome you back.”

The latest COVID-19 guidance for people living and working in the National Park is updated regularly here:


  1. I am fed up with visitors coming to our village,ruining the verges and blocking the roads We can’t go a walk for fear of a rush of non locals.
    Who is patrolling all of this?

  2. Lake District national park is also not open as local people want to see this terrible disease COVID 19 stopped,to many family,friends,and people we love has been lost to early to this terrible disease,it is a war we are ALL fighting against it,no one knows when it will strike!!WE ALL HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS AND ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM,THINK ABOUT OTHER People who are suffering at this moment in time,NHS,AND ALL FRONTLINE WORKERS RISKING THEIR LIVES TO SAVE OURS,WHAT A REFRESHING RESPONSE FROM YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK,LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES,AS OUR M.P.TIM FARRON DOES EXACTLY THE SAME FOR OUR HIS COMMUNITIES HERE IN SOUTH LAKES,JUST SO LUCKY TO HAVE HIM!!

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