Today, many Gypsies and Travellers may no longer ‘travel’ regularly, due to factors such as lack of transit sites, or stopping places, or because of health or education, or lack of work. However, travelling remains an important part of their identity and heritage even though they may only ‘travel’ to traditional cultural events like Appleby Horse Fair.

The lack of safe stopping spaces has had a large impact on nomadic ways of life, and many Gypsies and Travellers have had to move into housing, but this does not mean they lose their culture or their ethnic status.