Recreational Dartmoor

There are 450 miles (730 kms) of footpaths and bridleways across the National Park and your donations help maintain these routes. Donate for Dartmoor funding is being used to support access projects and improvements. Funding is coming from public donations and from the organisers of large scale recreational events held on Dartmoor such as Ten Tors.

Our big project this year is:

Nuns Cross Path, Princetown

This project is improving access along a well-used bridleway across a spectacular area of high moorland from Princetown to Eylesbarrow.

The route is popular with walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers and we are carrying out path restoration, repairs and improvements to the bridleway, along with moorland restoration works to limit erosion.

The first phase of repairs has been completed following the winter storms of 2014 where 3km of bridleway was repaired in areas where the path was eroded and peat bog had become exposed. In places, the path had widened up to seven meters and work has been done to restore the sensitive moorland habitat. Funds from Donate for Dartmoor supported this restoration work.

Once complete, this will provide a 20km circular, high quality, sustainable walking and cycling route from Princetown, boosting tourism and the local economy.

As a guide it costs £30 - 40 per linear metre to repair upland paths and restore moorland at the edges where path had widened.

The estimated total cost of this project is around £200,000.

Projects completed last year:

Two Moors Way new footbridge

Walkers following the popular Two Moors Way across Dartmoor can now enjoy an easier crossing of the river Teign near Chagford thanks to a generous donation from Moorland Ramblers. The local walking group gave £300 towards the cost of a replacement footbridge which had been hit by winter storms. The work was completed during 2016 by the Authority's Ranger Service with assistance from local farmers and contractors. The bridge replacement forms part of a wider programme of planned repairs and improvements to the Two Moors Way.

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