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Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself. Stay Home and Exercise Locally

Thursday 18 February, 2021, by Mark Sadler

Ahead of the weekend the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is once again appealing for everyone to stay home, exercise locally, and not to travel unnecessarily.

Neil Heseltine, Chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said:

“We know the weather has improved and a roadmap out of lockdown is coming, but now is not the time to get ahead of yourself and start making trips into or around the National Park. Please continue to respect each other by respecting the guidance.

“Our partners at North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police have indicated they’ll be engaging, explaining, encouraging and enforcing the stay-at-home message again this weekend, and we’d like to thank them for their continued support in helping keep our communities safe.

“We’re confident that, in the not-too-distant future, our local hospitality businesses will be back up and running and people will be able to travel freely throughout the National Park. But, until that moment arrives, please continue to follow the official advice, and stay home”.

National Park Authority offices, National Park Visitor Centres and the Dales Countryside Museum remain closed to the public, while National Park car parks, toilets and public rights of way remain open for local people taking exercise and for use by the emergency services.

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

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Mark Sadler

Mark is the Communications Manager with the YDNPA.


6 Replies to “Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself. Stay Home and Exercise Locally”

  1. My dsughter and I hope everyon sticks to the guidelines. If so we may be able to spend some time in our caravan in Wensleydale and visit the places we love. We are missing the YDNP so much, watching our red sqjirrels on the feeder, looking for the first buds on the trees ,the birdsong in the morning. AW – Ive got to stop winding myself up.!!!

  2. Mark H. says:

    Fails to state that it is not illegal to travel for exercise and the police can only fine you and turn you away for actually breaking the rules.
    So if you do visit follow the rules, no socialising, no picnics, no site seeing and stick to doing actual exercise.
    And what ever you do don’t go just for a drive. It ain’t exercise.
    Also keep away from the hot spots of Malham, Settle, Horton etc etc plenty of quieter areas to legally exercise in.

  3. Di says:

    Hi, Hope you can help me with a query.
    With the Covid restrictions changes from 29th March 2021 I am assuming the guidance about staying away from the Yorkshire Dales still applies until after 12th April 2021. The Govn guidance is vague with the term minimise travel & whilst you are only 50 mins away it is a drive from west to North Yorkshire. My son & friend are keen to do the three peaks at Easter. Thx

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