Mountain bikers in the Clapham area of the Dales. Photo: Paul Harris

Mountain bikers in the Clapham area of the Dales. Photo: Paul Harris

National park bosses in the Yorkshire Dales have put together information for first-time visitors to the area as they prepare for an influx of people at the weekend.

The authority head said it was heartening to see a wide variety of visitors but urged anyone coming to the Dales to adhere to social-distancing rules and to take their litter home.

Carl Lis, chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “It was great to see so many young people, young families and people from [black and minority ethnic] backgrounds enjoying the sunshine in the Yorkshire Dales national park last weekend, but there were issues, particularly in relation to littering and social distancing.

“We would say to anyone planning to visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park: expect to take your litter home.

“We are also experiencing problems with people arriving with disposable barbecues, and, whilst we’re anticipating rain, it’s still important to make the point – do not bring disposable barbecues to the Dales. They pose a very real fire risk.

“Also, remember that much of the local infrastructure, such as car parks, shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes, remains closed.

“Ultimately, we want everyone to enjoy the national park and to have a safe space in which to relax and exercise, but this can only happen if everyone respects the land, respects the community and respects each other. That means effective social distancing – staying two metres part – and navigating the countryside safely and responsibly, following the Countryside Code.”

The authority also warned that its car parks in Malham and Horton-in-Ribblesdale fill up early on a Saturday and Sunday morning, followed by the car parks in Aysgarth, Stainforth and Linton around lunchtime. National Park car parks in Hawes and Clapham have good availability all day. People can check the status of car parks at the weekend on its website.

Additional information for first-time visitors to the area is also available online.

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