Lockdown Yorkshire Dales National Park

In 2020 and 2021 I documented the effect of lockdown at some of North Yorkshire’s busiest tourist destinations. Visiting several sites in Yorkshire Dales National Park, plus Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, I photographed the emptiness of places like Malham during the initial lockdown.

I was able to photograph the few people who dared to leave their homes at a time when essential travel was not permitted in the UK.

As the first lockdown lifted in the summer of 2020, I documented the gradual arrival of people to sites like Malham, Linton Falls near Grassington and Burnsall – where tourist numbers reached record levels.

In 2021, with overseas holidays not an option for most people, those visitor numbers have remained exceptionally high – with high-profile destinations like Malham Cove and nearby Goredale Scar again registering the highest visitor numbers in their history.

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