People shouldn't come to the area for a walk up Ingleborough. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

People shouldn't come to the area for a walk up Ingleborough. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

National park bosses have again pleaded with the public to respect government guidelines and not travel to the Yorkshire Dales for their weekend exercise.

The national park authority said no-one should travel outside their local area to go walking.

It also said people should not come to the national park for recreation or leisure such as a picnic or social meeting.

Residents of the Yorkshire Dales shouldn’t make any unnecessary trips around the area, it added.

Neil Heseltine, chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “We’re asking everyone to please respect each other by respecting the guidelines.

“Travelling lengthy distances to walk around Ribblehead, Malham Cove or up Ingleborough is not acceptable and puts your safety, the safety of people you come across and the safety of emergency services at risk.

“As we’ve said before, many in our community fall into the most vulnerable category of people. Please show them the consideration you would your own family and friends and stay home this weekend.

“Finally, I would like to thank our partners at North Yorkshire and Cumbria police for their support in engaging, explaining, encouraging, and enforcing the guidance.”

The authority said national park car parks and toilets will remain open for local people taking exercise and for use by the emergency services.

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