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The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority asks everyone to show respect

Monday 11 May, 2020, by Mark Sadler

From Wednesday 13 May the Government is allowing people to “exercise outside as many times each day as they wish” and stating that “people may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there”. 

David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said:

“This is not the approach we were advocating. Since late April we have been in discussions with Defra about the ‘re-opening’ of the countryside and we, along with many organisations with countryside facilities, have advocated a staged approach with an initial ‘stay local’ message to avoid unnecessary travel and minimise any tension between visitors and local communities.

“However, that message has not prevailed and, as a public body, we are still expected to deliver the Government’s message and manage the situation as professionally and sensitively as we can. We will therefore be opening the Authority-run car parks from today and will strive to open toilets as soon as possible; they will be deep cleaned and have new cleaning regimes implemented. By making this decision we’re seeking to mitigate the parking by visitors in village centres and on verges. 

“Our message to visitors and residents over the next few weeks is around Respect”.

Respect the Land – Exercise within your limitations to keep pressure off local resources, and know the countryside code (you can download it here). Take care to respect the plant and wildlife which has 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.  

Mr Butterworth said: “It is important that everyone continues to act responsibly, as the majority have done to date. The virus will only spread further and put more people at risk if the guidelines are not adhered to”.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Mark Sadler

Mark is the Communications Manager with the YDNPA.

Website: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

65 Replies to “The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority asks everyone to show respect”

  1. Michael Roberts says:

    This is great. I shall work out my route now.

    It is sad you need to mention RESPECT as that should go without saying

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Hi Michael, our preference was for a staged re-opening of the countryside with an initial ‘stay local’ message to avoid unnecessary travel, however, that message has not prevailed and we’re doing out best to manage the situation as professionally and sensitively as we can, and our preference would be for people to continue to exercise locally.

  2. Judith Adejumo says:

    As a Dales woman, I would ask everyone in the National Park, and those visiting, to recognize their interrelationships.
    If those in the National Park need hospitalization, they will travel to Leeds or Bradford. Therefore let us share our space with them.

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Thanks Judith, we all have to share outdoor space for many reasons, which is why respecting social distancing guidance is going to be so important for all.

    • Bev says:

      What a lovely sentiment. Thank you. We who don’t live in your beautiful area but visit regularly and marvel at its splender are beginning to feel a little unloved. Thank you as always we will respect the place and people

  3. David Nelson says:

    As a resident of Kettlewell can the National Park please put up notices in the car park to remind people that they must adhere to social distancing rules to protect themselves and residents. I am over 70 and have not left Kettlewell for 7 weeks. I will respect the need for people to come but some reminder of visitor’s responsibility will not go amiss.

  4. Pat little says:

    I have a caravan on a seasonal pitch, no clubhouse etc. Just caravans, when will I be able to stay overnight and keep to the social distancing rules.

    • Mark Sadler says:

      When government indicates you are able to travel for extended periods, which isn’t now. Suggest you keep an eye on government advice on travel as it continues to be updated.

  5. Maureen Harrison says:

    i think the guidance is wrong. The Dales will still be here long after we’ve recovered from Coronavirus It is much too soon to say people can travel as far as they want and does not take care of people like me and my daughter. I am 82 on .chemotherapy and my daughter has lymphoma. We have to continue lockdown for another 5 weeks at least although I would love to visit my caravan at Hawes. For everyone’s sake we will make the best of it and look forward to happier times.

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Hi Maureen, we advocated a staged approach with an initial ‘stay local’ message to avoid unnecessary travel and to minimise any tension between visitors and local communities. However, that message has not prevailed and, as a public body, we are still expected to deliver the Government’s message and manage the situation as professionally and sensitively as we can. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  6. Tom Lord says:

    It appears theYDNPA CEO fail to consult elected YDNPA members about the re-opening of YDNPA carparks and toilets. Viruses don’t do respect. Hugely disappointed with the YDNPA. I won’t be supporting them in the future.

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Sorry to hear that Tom. Keeping car parks closed would only force visitors to park in village centres and on verges. Opening toilets also allows for regular hand washing. It’s worth us making the point again that this is not the approach we were advocating. Along with many organisations with countryside facilities, we actually advocated a staged approach with an initial ‘stay local’ message to avoid unnecessary travel and minimise any tension between visitors and local communities. However, that message has not prevailed and, as a public body, we are still expected to deliver the Government’s message and manage the situation as professionally and sensitively as we can.

  7. Greg Parker says:

    I love the Dales and will return when the time is right… which is not now. I wish the Government had respected the Dales view and hope the great public from outside the area will. Good wishes.

    • Sue Berry says:

      It’s unfortunate that there is a ‘not in my back yard’ attitude being shown by some people – I live in a rural area and have a public footpath going through my yard – there has been a massive increase in walkers using the path and in almost every case they are polite and courteous, a gentle reminder of the country side code could help. We should remember there are so many people who are not fortunate enough (or choose not to) live in a rural area or have a garden and for their mental wellbeing need some fresh air and exercise – don’t deny these people the access, when this is all over the country side needs their ‘tourist £££’s

      • Stephanie says:

        Well said….thank you! Obviously those local shops that have recently re-opened may have concerns, and they are absolutely within their rights to only ‘serve locals’…but I can’t see harm in visitors parking sensibly and then walking in open countryside -it doesn’t ‘belong’ to those of us who are fortunate enough to live here and many of those visiting will come from built-up urban areas without all this beautiful scenery.

  8. Ludmila Sinchetru says:

    Hi , I can’t understand clearly, Can we visit National park or not ?? Thanks

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Updated government advice states that, from Wednesday 13 May, you may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance, but should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are there. So yes, people can visit National Parks, provided they follow the social distancing guidelines, only travel with one other member of their household and follow the countryside code. Thank you.

      • Bryan Hughes says:

        There is nothing unclear about that. People clamored to be treated as grown ups… Let’s trust they act that way while sharing the open spaces…

  9. Brian Kendall says:

    well said lets hope all take note and follow rules to make us all safe to enjo the open spaces thankyou

  10. Jennifer Warner says:

    I have today sent an email to our MP regarding the Government guidelines. I live in the Yorkshire Dales and people here are genuinely frightened by the fact that we might have hundreds of people coming here, potentially spreading the virus, when local people have been so careful, staying in and/or social distancing when they go out. I know I am speaking for myself
    and many of my neighbours who are concerned that car parks will be open. Please take notice of what The Lake District have said

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Thanks for your comment Jennifer. As we mentioned above, this is not the approach we were advocating. Since late April we have been in discussions with Defra about the ‘re-opening’ of the countryside and we, along with many organisations with countryside facilities, have advocated a staged approach with an initial ‘stay local’ message to avoid unnecessary travel. However, that message has not prevailed and, as a public body, we are still expected to deliver the Government’s message – as are all National Parks – and we’re striving to manage the situation as professionally and sensitively as we can.

  11. john harrison says:

    we have opened our pub as a shop for our locals who can’t go to settle etc and will be refusing entry and service to anyone not from our and suurounding villages, the problem is you don’t know where these people who will flood our area without giving a damn and won’t think to show respect as they never do are coming from and what they are binging into our area. think its absolutely appalling the car park at Stainforth is now open and inviting to these people who will think its there god given right to put us all at risk as soon as there is a sniff of sunshine.even in lockdown the local foss was flooded with idiots form out of town and mallhan made the national news with the problem people not then showing respect to the prime ministers rules and disrespecting our local police offficers so they definitely won’t show us respect as a community. well lets see what the next few days bring but we as a community as far as im aware have avoided covid-19 lets see if we can still avoid it now, I really hope so.

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Hi John. Keeping car parks closed would only force visitors to park in village centres and on verges. Opening toilets also allows for regular hand washing. It’s worth us making the point again that this is not the approach we were advocating. Along with many organisations with countryside facilities, we actually advocated a staged approach with an initial ‘stay local’ message to avoid unnecessary travel and minimise any tension between visitors and local communities. However, that message has not prevailed and, as a public body, we are still expected to deliver the Government’s message and manage the situation as professionally and sensitively as we can, and we’re hoping that everyone else does the same, and shows respect for each other.

      • Julie Kenshole says:

        Hi, just to clarify that there is no limit on travelling with members of your own household- you mentioned travelling with only one, that only applies if that other person is not from your household and social distancing applies. I genuinely am aghast at some of the replies on here. I think some forget that the national park is a national, not a local, asset, whose rights to access were fought and won in the courts, in statute and in spirit. Yes these are scary times and you may have people wandering about you don’t know- that isn’t exclusive to rural areas! We have pavements and roads streaming with people going to work, schools, the shops, petrol stations, farms, doctors and pharmacies and hospitals, many of whom are not local at all and some will invariably have come from the rural hinterlands! My local green space is chock full of people, yet the vast majority are doing what is asked under difficult circumstances, by showing respect and care and yes managing the social distancing as best they can. Being outdoors, socially distancing, in the big Yorkshire landscape is in contrast a minuscule public health threat. By setting up a ‘them and us’, demonising people from towns as if they are a bunch of feckless idiots, is not how we manage a perfectly legitimate activity- and I stress legitimate as frankly some of the vigilante tactics in some villages such as blocking roads are illegal- and I am grateful for the forward looking response of this NPA so that my family can visit the park safely and responsibly and, most importantly, lawfully.

        • Mark Sadler says:

          Thanks Julie, some good points raised here. Thank you.

        • S Renton says:

          Well said. Some of us townies have supported national parks and their communities for years. Whilst behaving with respect for the environment whether that be local businesses, local residents, and the countryside. At the same time as seeing some locals not affording the same respect to the area. Without our support many communities would not exist apart from the very rich. The majority of people from town or countryside will treat the places we go with respect and I think it very insulting to read some of the comments on here. We are all trying our best in difficult circumstances. I will return to walking in the countryside when I feel it is safe and proper to do so.

  12. Mathew Goodison says:

    Hi

    Can you use the national park car parks at the moment? Do you have to live local.

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Hi Matthew, updated government advice states that, from Wednesday 13 May, you may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance, but should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are there. So yes, people can visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park and use the car park. We would ask that people follow the social distancing guidelines, only travel with one other member of their household and follow the countryside code. It’s also our preference that people continue to exercise locally.

    • Nigel Clapham says:

      It saddens me to read the comments from Dales folk who are against people visiting the area. Everybody is worried about contracting covid 19 but if you are genuinely worried stay in doors. Although I come from an old Dales family I will not be offending locals by travelling there, but neither will I be going there when this awful disease goes away and business is in need of our patronage. Very sad.

      • Jennifer Warner says:

        I do think it’s sad, but as a ‘Dales person’ we are genuinely frightened of the potential influx of people. We do stay in, but some go out for shopping and/or exercise. We do social distance and everyone is being so careful. But we worry that we won’t be able to go out if social distancing is impossible due to visitors to the Dales. We also have to think of our local cave and fell rescue teams if people walking the hills get into trouble. They would be putting their lives at risk as in a call out social distancing is impossible I know that we are lucky to live here but just a few more weeks of protection would have made all the difference

      • Vojtech George Vohanka says:

        Absolutely Nigel, I cannot agree more with you. All National parks are outdoor places and for everyone to use as long as we behave in a right manner and show respect to each other and to the nature itself. My wife and I are hiking enthusiasts and we will be visiting the Yorkshire Dales National Park this oncoming weekend. We cannot wait to get back on the mountain trails. It is sad to hear that local residents show a lot of negativity regarding this decision.

  13. Mike Hall says:

    I don’t think it a great idea to allow people to travel miles to exercise. The honey pots will be swamped. Social distancing will be impossible .Plus we must protect limited NHS services in smaller communities .

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Hi Mike, our preference was for a staged re-opening of the countryside with an initial ‘stay local’ message to avoid unnecessary travel, however, that message has not prevailed and we’re doing out best to manage the situation as professionally and sensitively as we can.

  14. Jesse Bryant says:

    As the Prime Minister and his scientific advisors have said, exercise outdoors is good for our physical and mental well-being. It will help us get through this difficult period. Like the NHS, our national parks are for all of us. The YDNP should not be advocating messages to the contrary. What is the point of reminding us of Mr Butterworth’s differences with the government guidance?

    • E BARKER says:

      I agree with the previous poster. Like the NHS, our National Parks are for everybody. Some of the messages posted here are particularly hostile to visitors, in particularly the landlord from Stainforth. The vast majority of visitors will be adhering to government guidelines. Everyone is concerned about stopping the virus spreading regardless of whether they live in towns or villages. However these attitudes and the ‘locals only’ approach will be remembered for a very long time and ultimately be detrimental to local businesses.

  15. Angela Read says:

    For what its worth, I completely agree with your suggested staged approach with staying more local to your home as a first stage. We all saw the scenes in beauty spots and at the coast just before the lockdown and it was carnage. It will be the same this weekend in places with elderly populations and limited healthcare. Ive seen the note from the CEO up in the Lake District National Park and you can tell by the tone they are in despair at the prospect. Its utterly negligent to allow people to travel any distance for exercise – and at this stage, unnecessary. I am so sorry.

  16. E BARKER says:

    As a previously regular visitor to the Yorkshire dales I am appalled at some of the local attitudes messaged here. Such as the pub landlord in stainforth who along with other businesses are all too happy to take visitors’ money in good times. Hostile attitudes and “locals only’ messages will be remembered for a long long time and as a result many will go out of business. YDNP need to support government advice. Visitors are just as concerned about the virus and by far the vast majority will adhere to government guidelines. Those who don’t can be fined

    • Amanda Holt says:

      I agree! I too am appalled at the attitudes of the locals on here! In the past I have also been a frequent visitor to the dales and love the open spaces there, and always appreciated how they welcomed visitors…but when some people on here continue to ask the question “are visitors welcome to visit the Dales?”, after reading some of the comments on here from local…it seems to me that they are clearly NOT welcome! 🙁

  17. GT says:

    I think the decision to let people travel to open spaces is made by advisors to the government. The advisors probably live in city centres and have absolutely no idea what it’s like in the popular beauty spots. Another cynical way of looking at it is the pscology advisors are testing the general public to see what they do. When everything goes badly wrong poor Boris will get the blame. I just wish that people could take responsibility for their own actions and stay at home for the time being.

  18. n/a says:

    As a Grassington resident I do not agree with this decision, Government mandated or otherwise. Residents have shown brilliant compliance with the stay at home regulations and by re-opening the car parks you risk undoing all the good work completed to date. No facilities such as cafes, shops or pubs are open, so what is the benefit of reopening other than the car parking fees?

  19. Kirsten says:

    I’m genuinely saddened by some of these comments. I normally spend a couple of days every few weeks hiking and running in the Dales, coming up from Skipton, on the edge.

    Now that the restrictions have been lifted, I was looking forward to coming up again – I have missed Cam Fell so much! And the people who live in the Dales have always been some of the kindest, warmest, most generous and open people I have ever met.

    I have never been disrespectful of the countryside, having come from there myself. I’ve always been polite, quiet and conscious of my responsibilities, both to the countryside itself and the residents who live there. Many of the other visitors I have met, especially in the more isolated areas, are much the same.

    My plan was to come up mid-week, when there were likely to be fewer visitors, and stick to the less travelled parts, avoiding the villages and homesteads. I would absolutely have maintained more than the minimum social distancing requirements, washed and disinfected my hands regularly and carried all of my rubbish with me rather than leaving them in the village bins. That way I could still enjoy a bit of much needed freedom and isolation, while still minimising the potential impact that I might have on locals.

    However, now that I have seen the hostility with which I will likely be met should I have a chance meeting with someone, I will have to stay away…I don’t want to make the fear that the commenters on this page have displayed any worse, should they see my silhouette on the skyline, or hear me walking past their yard, or potentially offend them.

    I understand why people are scared, especially considering the impact that will likely be felt in tourist spots like Kettlewell, Grassington, Malham Tarn or Hawes. I’m not oblivious to what will likely occur this weekend, especially if it is sunny.

    However, I really feel that there was a way that we could have worked together, locals and offcomeduns alike, to ensure that everyone could be kept safe while still enjoying the beauty and peace that the Dales have to offer. I genuinely am saddened by the fear and hostility I’ve seen here.

  20. Christophe says:

    I spend lots of my time walking in the Dales and over many years I have contributed to lots of businesses in the Park. I go to the Dales to walk and climb and I have no intention of visiting to spend time meandering through villages looking into shop windows etc and chatting to locals.
    Could residents of the Dales please show respect to visitors like myself who fully respect their concerns over Covid-19 and will be applying social distancing and all other recommenced measures whenever we are there.

  21. Stan phiz says:

    The Yorkshire dales is a vast national park. All the shops in the small villages should be closed for the time being. So visitors have no need to venture in to the villages at the moment as there is nothing there for them. I understand locals anguish at the prospect of people flooding there but with the new government guidelines it’s the same for everyone. The new rulings are vague to say the least so people will probably start going back in to cities and towns too. If you have real fear of covid then stay in doors longer. I personally have another 4 weeks to isolate because of past illness but would love to get back to the great outdoors. Hopefully your areas will be respected and the people of the dales don’t show disrespect for any visitors who love to be outdoors as these are the people that bring a livelihoods your communities. Respect others and stay safe.

  22. Mrs Albert Salmon says:

    Many thanks for your article, which I believe struck exactly the right tone. You have taken a pragmatic approach to reopen car parks and toilets in line with new Government advice and because the alternative is potentially more troublesome for the local population. However, the overriding message was very clear – that it would be appreciated if we stayed away for all the reasons discussed in the comments above.
    We live pretty locally to the park, but will only return to the areas where we previously regularly walked when the time is right, ideally when it is safe to reopen all the facilities such as cafe’s and Tea Rooms.
    Are there any schemes where we can purchase vouchers for local businesses that are currently closed to keep some cash flow and ensure there are places to come back to when this is in a better place?

  23. John Bennett says:

    It’s sad that discussions with Defra about a staged return have been bypassed. Fascinating that Wales, Scotland and Ireland with more rural communities than those around the UK capital are keeping cautious! Gather the Lake District National Park are reminding folk they have a higher proportion of virus cases than some other parts, so best continue to stay away please. It leaves it up to all of us who live and work within or near the National Park to continue carrying out the intentions of “staying local”ourselves despite what speechmakers say on a given Sunday. There always will be those who flout the norm but folk I’m aware of have been and continue to be highly responsible. “Respect”is a good positive word for the National Park to use towards our region as they manage and balance the guidelines, in reminding us of the benefits to be sustained here.

  24. Julian Greenway says:

    I totally agree – the authority is in a difficult position because of the government advice. What about increasing car park charges temporarily and using the extra revenue to help local charities, fell rescue etc? Sensible locals probably won’t be using the car parks so the money would be coming from the right place.

    • Kirsten says:

      I think this is an absolutely brilliant idea. It will provide much-needed support to local services that might end up being strained by people visiting, while targeting the right demographic. It could also help ease pressure on the local tourist trade that would normally be roaring by now but has been curtailed thanks to the pandemic.

  25. Janet Smith says:

    I for one will be waiting. I can’t imagine how busy toilets will be with no cafés open to use theirs. How can they be maintained between use? Our local paths are really busy at the moment but we are still able to distance ourselves so we’ll stay local until there are enough facilities for people. I don’t believe anyone can travel an hour each way for a reasonable length visit and be confident of not needing a service stop. Better take dog poo bags n bottles in case.

  26. Guest user says:

    We live just outside the Dales and are disappointed by the hostility shown by many villagers regarding people visiting for walking.

    We all share Airedale General, where we will all go if we get the virus. It’s not like we risk overwhelming “your” health service. (Surely if you think you have an infectious virus you will call 111 or 999 and then go to hospital rather than going to see your village GP?).

    Many villagers come out of the Dales to shop in Tesco and Morrisons, and to work. The supermarkets and workplaces are densely populated and you are happy to mix with the rest of us there in close contact. It doesn’t make sense to then get upset about the rest of us coming to the Dales to walk on the footpaths there. It’s not like we are sitting in your living room.

    The national park is a resource that belongs to the country as a whole. It’s a vast area of land and there is space for everyone to enjoy it without coming within 2 metres of each other.

  27. Robert Black says:

    I think that the national parks have been forced in to an invidious position here by being required to manage an almost unmanageable situation (and one they do not wish for). It is naive to think that social distancing, parking and hygiene measures can and will be respected.
    In the case of the Dales, it is surely the residents whose safety must come first. I’ll be amongst the first to be back up in to the Dales when it is safe for all concerned to do so, but sadly, that time is not now.

  28. colin steel says:

    It is very sad, however inevitable that we accept we will never be clear of this awful Virus. Life must go on, and we must learn to live with it, our lives have changed for the foreseeable future, or until a miracle cure is found.

    So, the National Parks have a major part to play, the wide open spaces are low risk, however add people to that, then the risks increase. So, you should consider urgently providing hand-washing facilities as well as hand sanitiser where any touching by people is likely.

    Becoming proactive is key, we need to change to facilitate life with this Virus. More car parks, wider parking spaces, wider paths, route plans that help avoid going and returning by the same route.

    Changes will be needed to help stop the spread.

  29. Amanda says:

    I live in Sheffield and I really enjoy getting out in the countryside. However, in light of current events I would be more than happy to stay local to where I live and have a day out going round the local parks and maybe stopping for a picnic…if my local council weren’t so keen to keep the toilets in parks closed!

    We have been given “unlimited exercise” recently which is going to be welcome for my husband and I after 7 weeks of not having that privilege. Therefore we intend to take full advantage of that but are mindful that we will choose places to drive to that have toilet facilities open, and whilst we are more than happy to respect local communities in the dales and respect the countryside, it may be that we have to travel there for our day out, knowing that those facilities are open, and, until our city council decide to do the same.

  30. Caroline Broadbent says:

    I think the advice should’ve been that people had to stay within their county boundary not you can travel as far as you want to. Some People will abuse it as they have throughout the restrictions and will have little consideration for others. I feel really sorry for everyone living in tourist attraction areas, I hope you all stay safe. I won’t be visiting until this is all over

  31. Edward Dobson says:

    Hi, i am a lone walker who wishes to visit Grassington, Malham or other places this Sunday for a reasonable length walk but regarding the farms i will no doubt need access to, should i still attempt to do the walk? Do farmers mind if i skirt around there property at a safe distance? I think i know the answer and agree the governments decision was wrong but just wanted some higher clarification. Sorry if you have had to answer this question many times already.

    Kind regards Edward

  32. Amanda Holt says:

    I don’t think they should restrict where people can go, people should be able to go where they like if that’s what they’ve been told they can do, but, personally, I don’t see the point in travelling too far away from my home to go to another place if everything remains closed! Why bother in my view. I live in Sheffield which I’m itself is surrounded by some beautiful places to walk so I’d be happy to stay around here…if only our local council would consider re-opening the public toilets especially in the parks.

  33. w ril;ey says:

    Gosh J harrison landlord stainforth Revealing your opinion of outsiders, Who I guess are your real mainstay . I for one will never trouble you for custom again Very sad this attitude And if your business goes under very sad for your few locals in a village without a pub

  34. Keith says:

    Hi Mark

    Thanks for being honest in this post. Would you be able to give more details about the staged approach to reopening the countryside you were advocating and what your plans are now to welcome visitors back to the Dales? Your Twitter feed and replies to this post suggest visitors would not be welcome at the moment.

    This is a shame as the open public spaces of the Dales provide a great opportunity for people to improve their mental and physical health following the weeks of lockdown. People walking in the hills, alone or with members of their household, are unlikely to pose much risk. Less risk I would have thought than by exercising locally in urban areas and coming into contact with many more people.

    Maybe recommending walks that largely avoid towns and villages would be a help people to visit more safely.

    I have looked forward to my weekly walks in the Dales for many years (along with visits to the great pubs, which I fully understand are out of bounds at the moment). I do respect the approach you have taken so far and I don’t think I’ll be going this weekend as I don’t think I’d feel welcome. But I look forward to returning very soon.

    Thanks

  35. andrew clay says:

    I do just think that everyone should be super-sensitive to the views of others in this difficult time. People from outside the Dales do have to ask themselves how they would feel if hundreds of people from outside their area suddenly started walking down their street and parking outside their houses and sometimes dropping litter. They would be concerned of course about the spread of covid.

    Equally people in the Dales do have to appreciate that town folk have been locked down for weeks and are feeling the strain.

    The solution, given where we are, is for visitors to plan their trip to the Dales in a considerate way – avoid villages and towns where local sentiment is running high (such as Kettlewell and Thorpe) – take their own food and drink, avoid going to local food shops that remain open and indeed petrol stations, social distance, park considerately, leave no litter, etc.

    We can all get through this.

  36. Betty says:

    As a resident in the Dales I was impressed with my recent visit to the very clean toilets in Buckden, door left open, so no need to risk catching an infection from opening it to exit after washing my hands although I think the automatically dispensed soap was not sufficient especially at this time of COVID19……However my again recent visit to the Muker toilet block was the complete opposite! The door was locked as needed to pay to enter which then means you have to use both hands to open it AFTER washing my hands, whist I was using the hand wash facility a user exited one of the cubicles without waiting for me to finish hence exited, by handling the outer door, without washing her hands! Could the door not be wedged open during this worrying time? We all want to be able to use the toilets but also want to stay safe? At other times maybe a hand wash for each cubicle or better still outside the outer door? Also maybe a 10p charge on each cubicle which would mean you could still get your money, and the outer door opening outwards? With a swing action? On all the parks public toilets. Sorry if I am waffling but as everyone in this country I am concerned about this dreadful virus at presently and also toilet hygiene at any time

    Yours kindly
    Concerned resident

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Sorry to hear about your experience in the Muker public toilet. The Muker facilities aren’t managed by us, they’re managed by Richmondshire District Council.

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