How we work

How we work

We aim to conserve and enhance Dartmoor as a vibrant, living, working landscape and community.

We work in partnership with local and national stakeholders and support Dartmoor’s businesses and communities.


  • produce the Dartmoor National Park Partnership Plan – this five year strategic plan from 2021-2026 guides all our work for the future of Dartmoor
  • are the planning authority for Dartmoor dealing with all proposals which need planning permission or consent
  • promote sustainable development, and work with authorities and agencies concerned with the social and economic wellbeing of national park communities
  • protect, maintain and enhance natural habitats and areas of ecological significance, and advise on their protection and management
  • look after public access to the Park and maintain the footpath and bridleway network
  • provide the national park Ranger service
  • provide information about the park online, through leaflets and factsheets and in our information centres
  • run a guided walks and events programme to help everyone learn about and enjoy Dartmoor
  • protect, maintain and enhance sites of archaeological significance and advise on their protection and management
  • have an education service which provides information and guided walks to help young people understand and enjoy Dartmoor.

We aim to:

  • help to conserve and enhance the biodiversity, cultural heritage and landscape of Dartmoor
  • provide opportunities for people to enjoy the countryside and contribute to their health and wellbeing
  • support our local communities and the rural economy
  • be an efficient and effective organisation which works with partners to deliver the best outcome for Dartmoor.

Visitor Survey 

During summer 2023, we carried out a Visitor Survey within Dartmoor National Park which we anticipate will be re-done every 2-3 years. The results of the survey are important as they provide us with key insight into:

  • Visitor demographics;
  • Motivations to visit;
  • Visitors' awareness and perceptions of the National Park; and
  • Visitors' attitudes towards a range of issues affecting Dartmoor

The results of the survey will be used for the formulation of the State of the Park Report as well as other internal functions, including evidence to support the Partnership Plan, Local Plan and funding bids.

We have produced the below summary report which outlines the findings of the survey.

Dartmoor Visitor Survey 2023

Business Plan

Our ambition is to act as a powerful and effective enabler and advocate for Dartmoor National Park and our Business Plan sets out what this means in practice and how we will seek to achieve it.

View our Business Plan