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Taking Moor Care

In recent years there have been increasing pressures on Dartmoor. In the main, no one activity on its own may significantly affect Dartmoor, but the combined effects can be considerable.

As well as its duties to protect and conserve the special qualities of Dartmoor, the National Park Authority has a duty to promote opportunities for their understanding and enjoyment. Careful resource management is needed to ensure that these duties do not conflict with each other. Over the last twenty years or so, the National Park Authority has worked to manage recreational use on Dartmoor to avoid conflict and damage. However, the cumulative effect of millions of visitors each year is now beginning to affect those special qualities that visitors come to enjoy.

If you live on Dartmoor, or visit it regularly, you may have noticed that more and more tracks are visible in the landscape - especially radiating from car parks and leading up to tors; you may have noticed where the Authority has had to repair moorland footpaths and bridlepaths; you may have been asked to avoid certain sensitive areas in the moorland bird nesting season; and you no doubt have seen a considerable increase in the number of motor vehicles. Such problems also exist in other National Parks and other areas of the countryside.

We all need to act with Moor Care now to safeguard Dartmoor for the future. The National Park Authority relies on the co-operation of all who live, work and visit Dartmoor to help safeguard its special qualities for the present and future generations. As a visitor you can help by being aware of and caring for the environment and its special qualities you have come to enjoy.

Read more about Caring for Dartmoor and Travelling with Moor Care

Page last updated: 18 Mar 2013
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