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30th April 2021

Plan Your Visit: North Yorkshire & Lake District

As we edge towards Stage 3 of the Roadmap out of lockdown, we’re delighted you can return to your favourite places here in North Yorkshire and the Lake District and explore our surrounding scenery. Quality time with family and friends is something we’ve all been longing for.

Remember, however, that many restrictions remain in place and when meeting people you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) this should be in a group of up to six when from multiple households or any size from up to two households.

When joining us for a stay, we are urging our guests to maintain social distancing from fellow visitors and staff, which means remaining two metres apart and taking extra steps to keep safe, such as wearing a face covering.

If you are thinking of visiting, we kindly ask you to follow our guidelines, as well as those for accessing the North York Moors and Lake District National Park.

Looking for something to do this bank holiday weekend?

We’ve pulled together some useful info on what’s currently open in the Lake District and North Yorkshire and how you can keep it special and have a great time, whether you’re on foot, bike, horse or just hanging around with friends and family.

What’s Open North Yorkshire Moors and Coast:

Check your chosen destination’s website for the most up-to-date information before you set out, as not everywhere will be open. Remember you may need to pre-book and some have time limits in place. Please be aware most indoor facilities will also be closed, except for toilets and retail.

Visit the North York Moors National Park website to plan your visit and see the full list of open attractions and activities you can take part in.

Explore quieter spots

Rather than head to the same old sightseer spots, why not make 2021 the year to discover somewhere new? To help you maintain social distancing and avoid busy hotspots, we’d like to suggest a few other places to help you find some space.


There’s so much open moorland that can be safely explored but be careful when choosing where to visit and park. There are numerous laybys that are able to accommodate a couple of cars and many of these are at the start of a public right of way, so use with care.


There are plenty of forest trails for walks, runs, strolls and alfresco ‘bathing’. Forestry England car parks are open including those at Dalby Forest, Clay Bank, Kilburn Woods, Broxa Forest and Silton Forest. See Forestry England’s website for more details.
Guisborough Forest is also open but parking is limited in the area. Why not avoid the crowds and park in Guisborough town instead? Join the disused railway path before entering the woodland where you can extend your walk along the Cleveland Way to Highcliffe Nab and beyond to visit Hanging Stone before returning.

Ordnance Survey’s Greenspace Map is a great resource and can help you find lovely nature spots and parks close by. The Walking Britain website also has lots of suggestions for routes in the western half of the National Park.

Off-the-beaten-track hikes suggested by our team at Thirley Cotes Farm are a great alternative to honeypot sites and we provide route guides and maps across our cottages to help you plan your visit to either North Yorkshire or Lake District and find out what’s open.

What’s Open Lake District:

Perhaps you fancy a leisurely lake cruise? Or a relaxing ride on a steam train? You could even celebrate the final few days of National Gardens Week by exploring Cumbria’s vast selection. An array of businesses have already reopened in line with Step 2 of the Government’s reopening roadmap and all following COVID-secure procedures.

That includes a great selection of outdoor attractions, dining, shops, retail experiences and indoor leisure facilities. We’re also looking forward to the reopening of indoor dining, attractions and entertainment venues (expected from 17th May). Please bear in-mind that while many businesses are able to welcome you back, some do remain temporarily closed at this time, so always double-check and book ahead. See the Visit Lake District website for more information.

We’re welcoming multiple household holidays from mid-May and breaks with even more loved ones from June across our Lake District and North Yorkshire cottages and you can book now for 2022.

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