Dartmoor local access forum

Dartmoor local access forum

The Dartmoor Local Access Forum is the statutory, independent body established under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The Forum advises the Authority, and other organisations, at a strategic level on how to make Dartmoor more accessible and enjoyable in ways which address environmental, social and economic interests.

The Forum provides advice on a range of issues including:

  • Improving rights of way and making them accessible to more people
  • Access Land Management
  • Visitor Management
  • National Park Management Plans and Recreation Strategies

All members of the Forum are appointed in a voluntary capacity representing a wide range of interests including farming and land management, users of rights of way and Access Land, health, social inclusion, tourism and business. Members may claim reasonable travel expenses to attend meetings and child care costs. Member appointments are made for up to three years.

See guidance on the role of Local Access Forums available from Natural England.

Dartmoor Local Access Forum is an independent advisory body established in 2002.

Become a Local Access Forum  Member

Dartmoor National Park Authority is currently seeking new members to appoint to the Dartmoor Access Forum.  The Forum provides independent advice to the National Park Authority and provides an exciting opportunity for the public to make an important contribution to public access within a protected landscape.

Dartmoor National Park Authority would welcome applications from people with experience in any of the following areas: leisure and recreation; tourism, health, young people, social inclusion, nature conservation or heritage.

The Forum meets in public, and the Authority is able to reimburse reasonable travel expenses and childcare costs for attending meetings.

For further information contact recreation@dartmoor.gov.uk or download a application form.


Forum meetings are open to the public and the agenda for each meeting is available here one week before the meeting. A printed copy can be viewed at the National Park Headquarters at Parke, Bovey Tracey.

Meetings are normally held at Parke. The Forum meets formally twice a year (additional meetings and training days are arranged as required).

The next meeting of the Dartmoor Access Forum will be held on Tuesday 25 April 2023 at 6.00pm in the main meeting room at Parke, Bovey Tracey.

Minutes of Meeting held on 8 November 2022

Dates of Future Meetings
*25 April 2023
*June 2023 (Training Day) TBC
*7 November 2023