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Pen-y-ghent from Horton-in-Ribblesdale On the footpath from Horton to Pen-y-ghent. Looking out through trees on a fine Summer day


Updated Tuesday 27th July 2021

Government lifted remaining lockdown restrictions on July 19th, however some local businesses may still require the wearing of masks and social distancing in and around their premises. In terms of the step 4:

You can read the guidance here

National Park offices in Bainbridge and Grassington are open as are the National Park Visitor Centres, the Dales Countryside Museum and National Park car parks and toilets. 

Visiting the National Park 

We are all too aware of how difficult the past year has been for everyone, but we can see real light at the end of the tunnel. However, we need to show patience and respect for others so we can all enjoy what we hope will be a wonderful summer. We’ve pulled together some essential information to help you plan your visit.

You can read that here


We are making every effort to continue to deal with planning applications in a timely manner, but this will involve having to change the way that we do some things. For example, applications will only be advertised by site notice and no neighbour consultations will be made.

We would also appreciate it if you could submit planning applications, documents and information electronically via the planning portal or via

With many officers continuing to work from home, any information submitted by post may take longer to deal with.

We may need to continue to provide advice remotely regarding protected trees and arboricultural matters, and it may not be possible to carry out site visits. Therefore, we can only deal with applications which include photographs and clearly outline all details of proposed tree works. To contact the trees & woodlands team please email us at


People in North Yorkshire in urgent need of help, who have no friends, family, church or clubs to turn to should get in touch with North Yorkshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre of 01609 780780 or find out more online here.


Information about the support available to tourism businesses in North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire can be found here.


We will continue to update guidance, when appropriate, and you can find these below.

And we continue to be contactable by e-mail at

Multi Message Infographic May 2021