Backpack camping on Dartmoor commons
The High Court has declared there is no legal right to backpack camp on Dartmoor Commons. We have sought permission to appeal this decision.
We have secured a new permissive system to ensure people can continue to backpack camp, following the leave no trace principles.
Please see our page for more details on the permissive system, our appeal and how you can support the legal costs.
How can I backpack camp (wild camp)?
- You can backpack camp on some parts of Dartmoor This is by carrying your own equipment as part of your walk and staying one or two nights max. You can only do this in certain areas (see map), and provided that you follow the Code of Conduct .
- No overnight stays in vehicles, campervans or motorhomes.
- No large tents or large groups camping.
- Leave no trace - don't light fires and remember to take all your rubbish home with you
Ground nesting bird season 1 March - 31 July
Please take extra care during this time and avoid the rare bird nesting sites.
Please check the interactive map below. Please make sure you clear your cache (by pressing your control and F5 key) to see the latest version of the map, as areas may be added once agreements have been reached with landowners.