Visitors asked to 'respect' Yorkshire beauty spots as lockdown restrictions are eased

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England's national parks have urged caution for visitors planning to return tobeauty spots from Wednesday - with some still telling people to stay away.

Updated Government rules on the coronavirus pandemic have relaxed the "stay local" message so people can drive to outdoor open spaces "irrespective of distance", as long as they respect social distancing guidance.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's chief executive David Butterworth said the Government's approach to reopening the countryside was not one it had advocated.

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National parks are warning people to respect the land, respect local communities and respect others by keeping their distance.

Visitors are also being warned that many facilities such as car parks, visitorcentres and public toilets, as well as cafes and pubs, are not yet open.

Forestry England, which looks after the nation's forests, said car parks andsome other facilities at its woods would begin to reopen, but people shouldcheck what is closed before travelling.