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Staying at a campsite

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

Wild camping

Backpacking and sleeping wild on Dartmoor is tremendous under clear skies.

Only lightweight camping equipment should be used and large family frame tents should not be used. Please use a proper campsite if you have a large family frame tent and equipment.

Camping for one or two nights on the open land on Dartmoor is perfectly acceptable provided that you choose your spot sensibly and don't pitch your tent on farmland, on moorland enclosed by walls, on flood plains or on archaeological sites. Please note that camping is not permitted on Cadover, Haytor, Holne Moor, Roborough and Spitchwick commons.

Please ensure that you pitch your tent discreetly at least 100m from a road and so that you are not visible from the roadside or in sight of residential properties.

There is an interactive camping map that you can view to see detail of where you can and can't camp on Dartmoor. The areas where you can wild camp are shaded in purple.

To find out more about the different types of access you have to the Dartmoor countryside including wild 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.

Camping with Moor Care

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.

Page last updated: 17 Aug 2016
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