Hundreds of people enjoy canoeing on Dartmoor during the winter months each year, making it a popular destination for people from around the country.

We welcome experienced canoeists (our rivers are really not suitable for beginners) who are happy to follow our Code of Conduct:

  • Please respect other river users and landowners:
  • Canoe only where there are access arrangements in place
  • Use only permitted access and egress points and do not disembark at any other point, except in an emergency (not for lunch or to repeat any part of the river).
  • Take care when the ground is wet to minimise erosion to the river bank.
  • Avoid sudden or excessive noise or unnecessary disturbance to bankside vegetation.
  • Show consideration for the local community and other National Park users when parking vehicles; do not obstruct gates and roads and avoid eroding the moor edge.
  • Please observe the parking restrictions that have been introduced around Newbridge.
  • Keep away from banks where angling is taking place.
  • Canoe in small groups whenever possible and avoid loitering in pools if anyone is already fishing there.
  • Change clothing discreetly and with consideration for other users of the National Park. 

Safety advice

Please follow the safety advice on the British Canoeing website

Abandoned or lost craft

Any abandoned craft have to be treated as an emergency and a search instigated.

If you lose your boat and have safely come off the river, please notify the Police immediately on 08452 777 444 and tell them:

  • exact location - including river
  • canoe - colour make and type and any significant identification features
  • canoeist details and contact numbers