For a list of Dartmoor campsites, have a look in the Enjoy Dartmoor magazine .
Dartmoor offers many camping style opportunities, especially if you are looking for a wilder stay compared to traditional hotels and B&Bs.
There are friendly farm campsites, rustic camping barns, isolated bunk houses and fantastic hostels, together with huts and pods where you can view Dartmoor’s dark night skies and enjoy its peace and tranquillity.
Family sized tents and large tents
Designated campsites are a must for large tents and associated equipment.
Look out for small farm campsites if you want a remote, more intimate feel with basic facilities.
More information on campsites can be obtained from Visit Dartmoor.
Motorhomes and camper vehicles
More visitors each year are enjoying the National Park in their motorhomes and campervans, but the vehicle size may mean some roads are off limits. Please don’t rely on satellite navigation systems to get you to your destination, but use the helpful Coach Driver and Motorhome Guide for Dartmoor map to plan your route.
Although it is convenient to pull into a layby to admire the view and have a cup of tea, overnight sleeping in vehicles at the roadside or in car parks is not permitted under National Park byelaws.
Please use authorised sites which accept motorhomes for your overnight stay.
More information on accommodation can be obtained from Visit Dartmoor.
As part of a Dartmoor walking expedition, it is acceptable to backpack camp for one or two nights in some areas of open moorland, well away from roads or settlements using a ‘no impact’ approach.
Planning and preparation is essential for this type of activity. This includes having the right equipment and navigational skills to survive safely ‘well away from civilisation’ for a couple of days, and crucially, knowing where you are permitted to camp. This is the only type of camping permitted on the open moorland, however it is not permitted on all open moorland in the National Park and so checking our camping map is essential to find out where you can pitch. The areas where you can backpack camp are shaded in purple.
Check the Interactive Camping Map.
Follow the Backpack Camping Code.
When backpack camping:
Travel light - a well prepared backpack contains sufficient equipment for a basic overnight stay. If this is not enough and you need more stuff and facilities – use a campsite instead!
Stay out of sight – backpackers should use very small and lightweight tents which easily blend into the landscape. Part of the enjoyment of experiencing the National Park is its unspoilt and vast landscapes, so it is important that other people’s enjoyment of Dartmoor is not impaired by tents dotting the view.
Tread lightly – Dartmoor is beautiful, don’t spoil it by lighting fires or leaving waste behind. Put everything back in your backpack and take it home. If you worry about carrying your rubbish out, need a bin or a toilet – then this isn’t for you – use a campsite.
To find out where you cannot camp view schedule 2 of the byelaws.
- 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.
Advice for organised groups training for Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh
To reduce the impact of overnight camping on Dartmoor as part of your training, please do not camp in groups of more than two teams in a single location.