With lockdown upon us until at least March, it’s more important than ever to utilise exercise – something that was a crucial part of keeping spirits and morale up during the first lockdown (the difference being it was a little warmer back then!). And in the spirit of keeping fit during the bluest month of the year, we’ve done the hard work for you and found out which National Trust sites will be staying open this lockdown in Yorkshire – while we stay local and wait for the R-number to drop.
Please only visit these places if you live local – you should not be travelling outside your area for exercise.
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Fountains Abbey is open. Its outdoor spaces are still available to visit such as the abbey water garden, play area, toilets are open. Please book online here before visiting, so they can manage social distancing.
The car park and kiosk are open, depending on weather conditions. Obviously, no one should be travelling out of their area to visit, so think responsibly if you live elsewhere. There are limited spaces which fill up quickly, so please be avoid roadside parking as you can block road access for emergency vehicles. Check if open online here.
Beningbrough Hall Gardens
Beningbrough Hall Gardens is open on weekends 10am – 3.30pm for local exercise. Outdoor spaces are open such as the gardens, parkland, play areas, restaurant for takeaway and toilets all remain open, also. You can book online here.
Bransdale, North Yorkshire
A mesmerising spot in the Yorkshire countryside that is open to the public during lockdown. If you choose to visit, please keep in mind social distancing rules, and stay as local as possible to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire
No need to book, open as usual to visitors. If you choose to visit, please keep in mind social distancing rules, and stay as local as possible to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping
A beautiful piece of countryside that is open to the public – providing that you’re local and are social distancing, of course.
Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Dales has so much to offer – including picturesque villages, drystone walls, flower-filled hay meadows and the characteristic rolling hills of the Dales. Locals are welcome to continue using the green spaces for their daily exercise, however, those travelling from outside of the Dales will be breaking the rules.
The vast Yorkshire Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, with such variety along its many miles. These are some of the best walks along the Yorkshire Coastline. If you choose to visit, please keep in mind social distancing rules, and stay as local as possible to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Nostell, West Yorkshire
The parkland, gardens, play area and tearoom (for takeaway) are all open at Nostell. You’ll need to book your visit in advance to secure a parking space. You can check availability here.
Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge
Hardcastle Crags will continue to be open for you throughout lockdown for local exercise, including the car parks and toilet facilities. The Weaving Shed Cafe will be open for takeaway service Friday – Sunday, too. For more information, click here.
Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire
A rugged piece of countryside that is open to the public in West Yorkshire. Only locals should visit and please keep in mind social distancing rules.
Wentworth Castle Gardens
The Castle Gardens will be open throughout the January lockdown. If you would like to visit, you will need to book a car park space in advance via the website here.
We must reiterate you should only visit these places if you live locally. It is for everyone’s benefit that we all work together to get the R -number down across the country, so please think responsibly.