The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will be making a number of operational changes following the implementation of new national restrictions for England today.
These changes affect the Dales Countryside Museum and National Park Centres in Aysgarth Falls, Grassington, Hawes and Malham, which will close, although our staff will remain on hand at weekends to assist visitors.
Hudson House in Reeth is also closed to the public.
Car parks and toilet facilities remain open.
David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said:
“Over the last few months we have adjusted well to a different way of working, which means we will continue to offer a service under the new national restrictions.
“We will be keeping National Park Authority car parks and toilets open for people wishing to exercise outdoors, though I would reinforce the Government message that people should not be travelling long distances to get here. And, with many local businesses closing, anyone coming into the National Park will need to be self-sufficient and aware that at this time of year the weather can be unpredictable.
“Our website has been updated to reflect to new guidelines and I would strongly urge the public to read, understand and follow these guidelines. Finally, I would ask everyone to:
Respect the Land – If you are exercising outdoors, exercise within your limitations to keep pressure off local resources, and know the Countryside Code.
Respect the Community – Many in the local community are amongst some of the most vulnerable groups of people and are self-isolating. Keep a safe distance from homes, schools, and farms.
Respect each Other – Respect social distancing rules and avoid gathering in Dales towns and villages where many local businesses are now closed. Finally, be kind and respect one another.