COVID-19 Exmoor

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Last updated: 29 March 2021

National Parks have played an even more important part in many people’s lives during the pandemic. We know how vital connecting with the outdoors is for health and wellbeing and thank you for your support as we continue to balance the needs of all those who live in, work in and visit the National Park.

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29th March as part of the Government's roadmap for moving out of lockdown.

The Government have provided advice on accessing green spaces safely during Covid-19 restrictions, which all National Park users must follow along with the Countryside Code. This includes information for those who own or manage land.

What's open?

Public rights of way remain open for access in line with government restrictions and we are continuing to carry out any inspections and maintenance as necessary. We ask that you take care to follow local signs in place for your own safety, and that of staff and residents. Please also be considerate of any wildlife or livestock that may take the opportunity to relocate while fewer humans are around.

Car parks and public toilets run by the National Park Authority remain open. Please be aware that we do not have responsiblity for all such facilities in the National Park. If you find that car parks are shut or full, please seek appropriate alternatives and don’t park on verges or in entranceways. And it goes without saying that nature is neither a bathroom nor a rubbish bin.

What's closed?

All overnight accommodation provision for visitors is closed within the National Park and holidays in the UK aren’t yet permitted, including in second homes, motorhomes and camping. The earliest these activities will be possible is 12th April, in line with the Government's roadmap for moving out of lockdown.

All non-essential shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are closed until at least 12th April, in line with the Government's roadmap for moving out of lockdown. You can continue to support our local businesses by ordering online. Get Exmoor delivered to your door at or for a list of local producers with online shops see

National Park Centres in Lynmouth, Dunster and Dulverton will at the earliest be opening from 12th April, but you can still contact them for advice by phone and email, during normal working hours.

How we're helping keep you safe:

  • Deep cleaning our toilets. We'll continue to do enhanced daily cleans. We’ll also leave windows open and have extractor fans running longer to improve ventilation.
  • Social distancing measures, such as floor markings and signage.
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers in car parks and National Park Centres.
  • Changes to rights of way. Temporary one-way systems and path diversions to aid social distancing. Please follow local signs.

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