Northumberland National Park vows to report inappropriate behaviour over Bank Holiday weekend

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Visitors to Northumberland National Park who behave inappropriately over the bank holiday weekend will be reported.

That is the message from national park bosses as they call on visitors to stay safe and to show care and consideration for the local communities and other visitors.

The advice follows cases of people congregating at some busy sites, causing difficulties with social distancing, including lighting barbecues, littering and camping out overnight since the easing of lockdown.

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Tony Gates, chief executive of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We would like to remind everyone that whilst Northumberland National Park is one of Britain’s finest landscapes, home to rare wildlife and special habitat and historic sites, it is also a living working landscape and home to local communities.

Northumberland National Park, Ingram.Northumberland National Park, Ingram.
Northumberland National Park, Ingram.

“Members of the public should make every effort to leave the park in the condition they find it. Unfortunately, we have seen some cases of visitors gathering in groups, leaving litter and having barbecues. This is simply not acceptable at this time.

“We understand the wish to visit the beautiful locations our region has to offer, but please be considerate in your journey and only travel if absolutely necessary.

“Any instance of inappropriate behaviour such as gathering in groups or overnight camping will be reported to the relevant authorities.”

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To help people stay safe during their visit, the national park has outlined six key messages for the public to consider before their journey:

Northumberland National Park's message to visitors.Northumberland National Park's message to visitors.
Northumberland National Park's message to visitors.

Practice social distancing at all times Brush up on the Countryside Code (which includes guidance on walking on farmland and driving on narrow roads) Keep dogs on a lead, take all litter home, and stick to footpaths to protect wildlife Only come for exercise – do not camp or light barbecues or fires Avoid popular spots, park responsibly, and do not try to park in or near full car parks Respect local communities and avoid residential areas including farmyards where possible.

Throughout the weekend, the national park will also be sharing ideas on how people can enjoy the outdoors closer to home as they continue their #OutdoorsIndoors campaign.

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