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Outside Kirkby Stephen Rolling Hills, WW2 Pillbox, Lichets. Near Kirkby Stephen


As the Government updates its advice on the evolving COVID19 Coronavirus outbreak we will, where appropriate, provide National Park relevant guidance and information in posts below. These appear in date order with the newest first.

It’s important everyone continues to follow the advice closely, especially in relation to social distancing. What you need to do is detailed here.

Government have also issued guidance on using green spaces while protecting yourself and others. This important information is detailed here

National Park Offices and National Park Centres including the Dales Countryside Museum are – as of August 10th 2020 – back open. However, we are limiting the number of staff working in our offices to meet social distancing guidelines, so many of them continue to work from home. We continue to be contactable by e-mail at

We have temporarily removed events listings from the website. These will return when the time is right. All other pages, including planning pages, remain in place for reference purposes.


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.

Health & Safety:

You can also view our risk assessment for car parks and toilets and our safety notices.