Following the new national lockdown in England announced on Monday 4th January 2021, there are some changes to the government guidelines which are relevant to anyone wishing to visit Northumberland National Park at this time.

Government Stay at Home Save Lives Protect the NHS graphic

The updated guidance includes the following information:

  • You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or social meeting). This should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • You should minimise time spent outside your home.
  • It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • By yourself
  • With the people you live with
  • In a childcare bubble providing childcare
  • Or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Public outdoor places include:

  • Parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • Public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • The grounds of a heritage site
  • Playgrounds

Our car parks and public toilets remain open for people from the local area. If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

The full national guidelines for England can be viewed here.

Thank you for staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.

Over the coming days and weeks, we will bring Northumberland National Park and its unique and special qualities to you at home.

You can follow along on social media using #OutdoorsIndoors. We will be posting on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts

If you would like to get involved, you can tag us in your favourite photographs of the National Park using #OutdoorIndoors for us to share.