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Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Welcomes The Re-opening Of Local Businesses Across the Dales

Thursday 9 July, 2020, by Mark Sadler

Right across the Yorkshire Dales National Park, local businesses and venues –  including cafés, restaurants, pubs, visitor attractions, hotels and campsites – have been welcoming customers back after lockdown restrictions on the hospitality sector were lifted last weekend.

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

“It’s great to see so many local businesses back open, especially in the hospitality sector – which is so important to our local economy. Income from visitors helps to sustain services essential to community life over the winter months.

“To support people coming into the National Park for days trips and longer breaks we have staff working outside our National Park Centres in Grassington, Aysgarth Falls, Hawes and Malham, and out and about in Swaledale, to provide support and advice. They will be on hand with local information, maps, leaflets and tips for making the most of your visit.  

“We also have a wealth of information and advice on our website, including details of accommodation providers, cafés, restaurants, pubs, short walks and visitor attractions. This will be particularly useful for anybody visiting for the first time.   

“Finally, the safety of visitors and communities throughout the National Park remains our number one priority, so we would ask everyone to stick to the two-metre social distancing rule, where possible, and to:   

  1. Respect the land. Respect the community. Respect each other. Take the opportunity to revisit the Countryside Code, and take all your litter home.
  2. Expect a different visitor experience. Local businesses will have strict social distancing measures in place and may limit how many people can be accommodated at any given time. Please show patience and understanding.
  3. Plan your visit. Check ahead. Plan your visit in advance and check ahead to stay safe and avoid disappointment.
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Mark Sadler

Mark is the Communications Manager with the YDNPA.


13 Replies to “Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Welcomes The Re-opening Of Local Businesses Across the Dales”

  1. Phil Markham says:

    Can you tell me if the public toilets are open in Malham.

    • Wendy McDonnell says:

      Hello Phil. All of the toilets that are managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park are open. Thanks.

  2. Bill Randles says:

    Hi just visited Reeth and found out Hudson House is closed. I have booked our holiday in Reeth,but cant plan anything

    • Comms Team says:

      It is best to check ahead directly with businesses to ask what arrangements they have in place. Many businesses are opening up in the Yorkshire Dales.

  3. Bill Randles says:

    Yes understood. We have booked our accommodation in Reeth, but without the Park Centre available I cannot plan what we are doing during our stay.

  4. Bill Randles says:

    Thank you Wendy. I shall look into these links. However, will the Park Centre be open again soon?

    • Wendy McDonnell says:

      Hudson House is a community centre and it’s managed separately to the National Park centres by another organisation so I’m very sorry but we don’t know of their plans for reopening. One of my colleagues in the visitor’s department may know more. I’ll let you know if I can find out anything more. Thanks, Wendy

    • Comms Team says:

      Hello. I’ve checked and I’m afraid we can’t answer when Hudson House will be open again, I’m sorry. We do have National Park staff in the area giving out maps and pamphlets but this is for new visitors so may not be what you are after. As per my previous post, the Aysgarth National Park visitor centre, which is reasonably close by will have staff outside that are able to help you (the centres themselves are currently closed). Thanks. Wendy

  5. Bill Randles says:

    Hi Wendy. We were recently in Richmond and the indoor Market area has a brand new visitor information centre. I am sure they have guides, maps, and bus timetables etc. On our route to Reeth we will give it another visit. Many thanks for the info and your help.

    • Comms Team says:

      That sounds like a good plan. You’re welcome, Bill. We hope you enjoy your visit in the National Park.

  6. Alex Bickett says:

    Can you recommend any leaflets or books on Walks and Attractions in the Yorkshire Dales around the settle area or an easy drive from Stainforth where we will stay.

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