Camping

Camping

Photo of Backpackers on Dartmoor

For a list of Dartmoor campsites, have a look in the Enjoy Dartmoor magazine.

Dartmoor offers many camping style opportunities, especially if you are looking for a wilder stay compared to traditional hotels and B&Bs.

There are friendly farm campsites, rustic camping barns, isolated bunk houses and fantastic hostels, together with huts and pods where you can view Dartmoor’s dark night skies and enjoy its peace and tranquillity.

Family sized tents and large tents

Designated campsites are a must for large tents and associated equipment.

Look out for small farm campsites if you want a remote, more intimate feel with basic facilities.

More information on campsites can be obtained from Visit Dartmoor http://www.visitdartmoor.co.uk/accommodation

Motorhomes and camper vehicles

More visitors each year are enjoying the National Park in their motorhomes and campervans, but the vehicle size may mean some roads are off limits. Please don’t rely on satellite navigation systems to get you to your destination, but use the helpful Coach Driver and Motorhome Guide for Dartmoor map (PDF Help)to plan your route.

Although it is convenient to pull into a layby to admire the view and have a cup of tea, overnight sleeping in vehicles at the roadside or in carparks is not permitted under National Park bylaws.

Please use authorised sites which accept motorhomes for your overnight stay.

More information can be obtained from Visit Dartmoor http://www.visitdartmoor.co.uk/accommodation

Backpack camping

As part of a Dartmoor walking expedition, it is acceptable to backpack camp for one or two nights in some areas of open moorland, well away from roads or settlement using a ‘no impact’ approach.

Planning and preparation is essential for this type of activity. This includes having the right equipment and navigational skills to survive safely ‘well away from civilisation’ for a couple of days, and crucially knowing where you are permitted to camp. This is the only type of camping permitted on the open moorland, however it is not permitted on all open moorland in the National Park and so checking our interactive camping map is essential to find out where you can pitch. The areas where you can backpack camp are shaded in purple.

When backpack camping:

Travel light - a well prepared backpack contains sufficient equipment for a basic overnight stay. If this is not enough and you need more stuff and facilities – use a campsite instead!

Stay out of sight – backpackers should use very small and lightweight tents which easily blend into the landscape. Part of the enjoyment of experiencing the National Park is its unspoilt and vast landscapes, so it is important that other people’s enjoyment of Dartmoor is not impaired by tents dotting the view.

Tread lightly – Dartmoor is beautiful, don’t spoil it by lighting fires or leaving waste behind. Put everything back in your backpack and take it home. If you worry about carrying your rubbish out, need a bin or a toilet – then this isn’t for you – use a campsite.

To find out more about the different types of access you have to the Dartmoor countryside including backpacking camping areas, campsites, camping barns, youth hostels and bunk houses, view the Camping Code of Conduct or the Where to camp on Dartmoor map. This also contains useful information about camping within the military ranges and emergency information.

To find out where you cannot camp view schedule 2 of the byelaws.

Remember:

Take all litter home.
Guard against risk of fire.
Ensure you do not pollute streams or rivers.
Avoid disturbing wildlife particularly during the moorland lambing and bird breeding season, from 1 March to 31 July.