Climbing

Many of Dartmoor’s granite tors, for which the National Park is famous, offer both challenging routes and exciting bouldering opportunities for climbers.

What is bouldering?

Bouldering is a form of low-level rock climbing, where you do not climb above 4-5 metres.  The challenge is to climb short, but tricky routes to test your strength and technique. It can be done without using ropes or harnesses, but most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry and safety mats to prevent injuries from falls.

New to climbing?

If you want to go climbing, it is best to use an experienced activity provider who can take you on an organised climb.  There are several on Dartmoor and their details can be found in the Enjoy Dartmoor magazine  or on the Visit Dartmoor website.

Helpful information

The British Mountaineering Council give details about the main climbing areas, how to book your climb and the climbing guidelines.

Please follow our Climbing code of conduct

  • do not remove any plants or lichens from the rock face
  • learn to recognise archaeological features and do not move any stones or climb on the remains of old buildings;
  • never leave any rubbish, and please pick up and take home any litter you find;
  • keep noise to a minimum – ensure your climbing partner can hear you, but do not disturb other visitors, or wildlife in the area
  • take care to avoid disturbing livestock when approaching or leaving crags
  • keep dogs under effective control at all times;
  • ensure that access is permitted to the site - if in doubt ask at our Visitor Centres