Dalby Forest is open again - but some of its facilities and attractions remain closed

Dalby Forest has re-opened to visitors.
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Dalby Forest

The Forestry England-managed site in Ryedale re-opened to visitors on May 16, and large numbers of visitors are expected this weekend in warm weather.

However, families have been warned that only a limited number of facilities and activities in the forest are accessible.

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Car parks have re-opened and walking and cycling trails, which remained open for local residents to use during the lockdown, are also open.

The public toilets are also accessible.

However, the play areas, information desk, cafe and bike hire centre are all closed, as is the franchised Go Ape attraction.

You can only visit Dalby Forest alone or with members of your own household.

Which other open spaces are re-opening?

One of the first outdoor attractions to re-open was the Bolton Abbey estate in Wharfedale, which opened today. However, entry is now ticketed and slots must be booked in advance. Visitors without a ticket will be turned away. Most indoor facilities are still closed, but extra toilets have been provided and the cafe is operating a takeaway service. Certain activities, including swimming and playing in the River Wharfe, are forbidden.

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The National Trust has opened Nostell Priory, near Wakefield, on a similar ticketed basis. Visitors can only access the parkland and must book parking spaces in advance.

English Heritage will re-open four priority sites - Whitby Abbey, Scarborough Castle, Brodsworth Hall and Mount Grace Priory - in early July.

RHS Harlow Carr gardens near Harrogate will re-open on June 1, again with ticketed pre-booked admission.

Most car parks in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks have now re-opened, but both National Parks' management authorities have warned that since re-opening, they have been operating at capacity and spaces have been filling up quickly. Visitors should avoid busy areas such as Malham and instead look for quieter spots.