This weekend the Yorkshire Dales will again be a place for households and key workers to come to walk, cycle and get some fresh air. A place to clear their heads and recharge their batteries.
For the National Park to be a safe place to do all these things we would ask everyone to follow social distancing guidance, to only travel in household groups, to avoid busy places, town and village centres, and to only park in car parks.
Carl Lis, Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said:
“National Park Authority car parks and toilets are open, and our car park capacity will be regularly updated in order to help people avoid busy locations. Authority car parks remain free to NHS staff and social carers.
“Most local businesses still remain closed, including cafés, restaurants, pubs, and many local shops, which means visitors will need to be self-sufficient. But please don’t bring BBQs as the land is tinder dry and there is a real fire risk. Finally:
Respect the Land – Exercise within your limitations to keep pressure off local resources, and know the countryside code. Take care to respect the plants and wildlife which have thrived during lockdown.
Respect the Community – We recognise that many in the local community are amongst some of the most vulnerable groups of people. Many still need to self-isolate. While walking, please keep a safe distance from homes, schools, and farms.
Respect each Other – Stay two metres apart, keep within your family/household groups, and avoid gathering in Dales towns and villages where many of the shops and services remain closed. Finally, be kind and respect one another – whether visitor or local.