Dartmoor

Welcome to our Expedition Network. Please contact us and we would be happy to help you plan and undertake your expedition.

Contact us

Robert Steemson

Field House, Liverton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6HN

T: 01626 824526 (after 5.30pm only)

E: [email protected]

Planning your expedition

Donate For Dartmoor raises money to help protect and care for the area. Fundraising supports three development areas – Recreation, Natural and Historic. Visitors to the National Park are encouraged to contribute to the fund through their website. Suggested donations are £1 per visitor.

Like all expedition areas, Dartmoor has byelaws, local issues and hazards you should be aware of when planning your expedition. The list below has been compiled with the support of Dartmoor National Park and DofE Assessors with local knowledge of the area. Additional information can be obtained from the Area Expedition Guide, or by contacting one of the Dartmoor Assessor Network Field Officers who are happy to help.

  1. Many of Dartmoor’s streams and rivers will become impassable during and after heavy rain. Teams must have pre-planned, alternative routes for all river crossings not on a bridge – especially fords and stepping stones.
  2. Dartmoor has three firing ranges which are closed to the public during live firing. There is guaranteed access on public holidays and throughout the month of August. At all other times you will need to check the firing programme which can be found online or call 0800 458 4868.
  3. Unexploded ordnance can be found anywhere on the moor. Please do not touch or tamper with any strange or metal object.
  4. The bridle path through Foxtor Mire crosses an exceptionally deep bog and is usually impassable – teams are advised to handrail around the mire using the wall at the western end or use the footbridge at SX641724 to the east.
  5. Swaling (controlled burning of vegetation) takes place on the moor between October and March and wild fires can occur throughout the year. Teams must be prepared to take an appropriate escape route if required, and must take care not to start fires at all times.

There is good open access across much of the moor, but teams must adhere to Public Rights of Way when crossing enclosed farmland.

There is an excellent interactive map on the National Park website which shows you where wild camping is permitted.

DofE teams are asked to avoid rare bird nesting areas between 1st March and 15th July. Maps of these exclusion zones can be found here.

Dogs must be kept on short leads during the lambing and nesting season; 15th March-31st July, and under close control near livestock at all times.

Obstruction of gateways and access tracks by vehicles is a common problem – please park with consideration and, whenever possible, in the car parks provided. Problems frequently occur at Scorhill, Baggator Gate and West Coombe, North Bovey.

Dartmoor firing times information can be found here.