As the Government updates its advice on the evolving COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, this page will provide National Park relevant guidance and information for both residents and visitors.

Following the Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions, people are able to travel further for exercise.

The National Park is a living, working landscape, and we ask that people respect this; exercise close to home if you can and consider if this is the right time for a visit to the National Park.

If you choose to visit, it’s important everyone continues to follow the government guidelines closely, especially in relation to social distancing and limiting your contact with other people. What you need to do is detailed here.

Government have also issued guidance on using green spaces while protecting yourself and others. This important information is detailed here.

National Park Offices, visitor centres including The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and public toilets are closed until further notice. Our events programme is currently postponed.

We ask everyone to consider the following steps when visiting Northumberland National Park. We all need to do our bit to control the spread of the Coronavirus and every action you take will make a difference.

A poster showing the rules of the Countryside Code

Be Responsible

  • Social distancing should be followed at all times. Practice the 2m rule everywhere you go.
  • Brush up on the Countryside Code, which can be found here.
  • Keep your dog on a lead and take litter home with you.
  • Stick to the path in order to help protect wildlife
  • Don’t light a fire or have a BBQ, during prolonged periods of dry weather, wildfires are a significant risk in the National Park
  • Be aware that there may be no toilet facilities when you visit – National Park toilets are closed.

Be Considerate

  • If you have hand sanitiser, bring it with you and please use it before and after you touch gates or fences.
  • Park in designated car parks. Don’t park on the road side, or block gateways, narrow lanes or driveways.
  • Keep a safe distance from schools, farmyards and homes.
  • Try to avoid public rights of way which lead directly through farm yards or adjacent to farm buildings.
  • Exercise lightly, but now is not the time for adventure and pushing yourself. Many of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue team are also key workers so it’s important we protect their volunteers.

Be Kind

  • Protect vulnerable people in remote communities – practice social distancing at all times.
  • Avoid towns and villages where possible.
  • Only visit with people from your own household.
  • Whether you are a visitor, or a local resident, show respect towards and support one another both in the countryside and on social media.

Please continue to follow Northumberland National Park on social media for updates.

Thank you.