Planning Your Visit
We welcome all visitors to Dartmoor.
Discovering or rediscovering nature, wildlife and heritage is a big part of enjoying a trip to Dartmoor. When you come, we ask you to Leave no trace. Give nature space.
We know most people want to help us protect this special environment and it’s important to leave no trace of your visit. That way when you go, nature comes back and reclaims the space you left, making room for us all to share this special landscape.
Where to start
Take a look at our travel information page for everything you need to know about getting here.
We recommend starting your trip at one of our award-winning Visitor Centres at Princetown, Postbridge and Haytor. Our friendly and knowledgeable, local staff can assist with making the most of your time on Dartmoor.
Wide, spectacular open vistas are a Dartmoor specialty but there is so much more to do! Whether it’s a gentle stroll, an exhilarating mountain bike ride or a visit to a castle - discover walking options, activities and places on your Dartmoor doorstep.
With so much to see and do you will want to spend more time here. To book accommodation, campsites or find a good place to eat see Visit Dartmoor. Always book ahead as it gets very busy.
Got a question? Check our Visiting FAQs.
Car parks and toilets
If car parks are full please do not park on verges, double yellow lines, in front of gates and entrances or anywhere on the road where you will block access. Access must be kept clear for farmers, residents and emergency services.
Our car parking page will help you to find a spot.
There are toilets at:
- Meldon Reservoir
- Shipley Bridge
Camping and overnight stays
If you are planning on camping please make sure you have booked in advance as campsites can become busy.
Our camping pages and camping map has more information.
Always check the weather forecast before you set off. Dartmoor is known for its changeable weather. It can rain quite a lot and the mist can descend very quickly, reducing visibility to the point you can get easily lost.
We advise you take with you a waterproof jacket, a warm layer of clothing, sturdy boots and an Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor (OL28).
Military live firing times
The northern part of Dartmoor is used by the military for live firing practice. The Ministry of Defence has three range training areas; the boundaries are marked on the ground by a series of red and white posts.
The public has access to these moorland areas except when the ranges are in use for live firing. If you see a red flag flying by day or red lamps at night, do not enter the area as this means live firing is happening.
Check the Dartmoor firing times guidance for details of live firing times and avoid the areas on those dates.