Despite reopening its car parks, Northumberland National Park Authority is continuing to ask potential visitors to avoid popular tourist attractions.

Car parks at Hareshaw Linn, Bellingham, and Steel Rigg, near Hadrian’s Wall, reopened last week, but the authority is asking potential visitors to consider if their visit to attractions within the park is necessary.

And the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team has thanked the public for staying at home and exercising locally, but is continuing to ask asking people to think twice before heading to the hills and make sure that they take responsibility for their own safety.

Kielder Water and Forest Park reopened car parks and public toilets on Wednesday, but asked the public to stay away from village and residential areas.

Car park spaces at Hawkhope, Tower Knowe, Matthew’s Linn, Bakethin Nature Reserve must be pre-booked online at However spaces at Elf Kirk, Kielder Skyspace lower car park and Kielder Castle do not need to be pre-booked.

Elsewhere, the National Trust said it is opening some of its larger car parks in England to visitors who have pre-booked spaces on Thursday, May 21.