VISITORS to North Wales are being asked to act responsibly this bank holiday weekend as coronavirus restrictions have eased.

As travel restrictions have been eased and loved ones can re-unite outdoors, this bank holiday is expected to be busy as people are set to enjoy the weekend.

However, warnings have been issued for people to behave responsibly and adhere to the guidance.

Transport for Wales is urging public transport users to be respectable of staff if they are travelling to and from Wales.

Denbighshire County Council and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB) are also issuing advice following an increase in the number of visitors and campers to popular beauty spots.

AONB Area Manager David Shiel said: “We are excited to welcome back visitors to the AONB after this long period of lockdown during the Corona virus pandemic, but we ask that visitors act responsibly and help us keep the AONB a safe and clean place for everyone to enjoy.”

“There has been a noticeable increase in camper vans staying overnight at some beauty spots in the AONB. This can cause issues for our staff with littering, fire damage and human waste to clear up, especially where no facilities exist. Visiting campers are asked to take all waste with them and are encouraged to use private campsites with facilities to minimise the pressures on the landscape and the people who work hard to look after it, farmers and Council staff alike.”

Visitors are asked not to have BBQ’s, camping stoves or campfires on the moorland areas of the AONB because of the significant risk of fire. Denbighshire’s Countryside Rangers will be putting up fire risk signs at key areas and will be asking visitors to extinguish any fires or BBQ’s that they come across.

“The recent dry weather has left many of the County’s moorland areas tinder dry and at higher risk to wildfire starting,” said Denbighshire Moorland Officer, Graham Berry.

“Wildfires have already happened in South Wales and Ireland this week and we don’t want to see a repeat of the devastating moorland fires of 2018.”

Wildfires on the moorland not only destroy internationally important wildlife, but release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and leave a scar on the landscape. They affect the livelihoods of farmers, business, local people and increase costs to our emergency services and at worst endanger life.

The council say they want all visitors, local and from afar, to enjoy the beauty of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley and asks everyone to play their part in keeping it safe, clean and beautiful for others to enjoy.

Over in Flintshire, visitors to beauty spots are also being asked to be mindful.

Tom Woodall, Access and Natural Environment Manager added: “There has been ongoing and comprehensive messaging across Wales and the UK for many months highlighting the requirements of the coronavirus regulations that we all need to be aware of and follow, including social distancing and hygiene.

“Flintshire residents and visitors from further afield are now able to visit popular beauty spots, such as Wepre Park and other attractions, whilst observing the current regulations. Our Countryside Services Team request that visitors behave responsibly with consideration for others and residents living locally to the park, whilst enjoying their visit.

“There is a public car park at the former Somerfield supermarket close to the junction of Wepre Drive and Connah’s Quay High Street, an easy and safe 15 minute walk to Wepre Park which visitors can use should the Park’s car park be full, instead of parking in the immediate area.”