Dartmoor

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

News

With immediate effect, please use [email protected] for all future correspondence relating to DofE notifications and expeditions to Dartmoor National Park.

Please refer to the Dartmoor National Park website and follow their current advice on visiting Dartmoor.

Groups may continue submitting their notifications during the lockdown period. Notifications will be processed and issued with a notification number as usual; if the date has to be pushed back again the same notification number can be used so long as details of the new dates are sent once the expedition has been rescheduled.

July 2020

Covid-19: In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that LOs consider:

  1. The DfE’s guidance for those operating in educational settings, and/or the National Youth Agency’s information for managing youth sector activities
  2. The relevant guidance from Dartmoor National Park around visiting the park
  3. The policies and processes of your own LO around trips and visits.

We would also like to highlight some of the temporary programme changes the DofE have introduced which include the option to run expeditions in your local area and allow pupils to return home overnight.

For the sake of clarity, the issue of a DofE Expedition Notification Number simply confirms that the expedition meets DofE programme requirements. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award does not accept responsibility for the supervision of the participants or the suitability of the route. The suitability of the proposed route is dependent on participants’ experience, training, equipment, physical fitness and the weather conditions. Approval of the expedition does not remove the duty of the Licensed Organisation/ Approved Activity Provider and its representatives to monitor the safety of the participants during the expedition and it is given on the assumption all appropriate guidance, advice and approval processes have been followed.

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 £2 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 1 March to 31 July. Click here for maps of these exclusion zones.

Dogs must be kept on short leads during the lambing and nesting season; 15 March to 31 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.