This area is usually off limits, but may on occasion be opened for daytime visits at the discretion of the authorities and the volcano observatory. It consists of Cork Hill, Weekes, Richmond Hill and Foxes Bay, once thriving residential areas. If daytime visits are allowed during your visit to the island, check with the police first, go with a guide or driver, and respect any special instructions. Richmond Hill provides a panoramic view of Plymouth, but a similar view can also be obtained from Garibaldi Hill in the occupied zone (see previous section). Make sure to have an ash mask ready for use if necessary. There is still quite a lot of ash on the ground in some parts of this zone, and it tends to blow about when disturbed by passing cars or the wind, especially on a dry, windy day.