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Camping in dartmoor

Discussion in 'Out and About' started by meadsteve, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Mikey P

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  2. dommyracer

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    nice one mikey p - I never knew that about Dartmoor, nice one.
     
  3. Spacemonkey

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    "6 CAMPING

    (1) No person shall knowingly use any vehicle, including a caravan or any structure other than a tent for the purpose of camping on the access land or land set out for the use or parking of vehicles except on any area which may be set apart and indicated by notice as a place where such camping is permitted."

    So that's hammocks out, technically....
     
  4. Moonraker

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    Great information Mikey! Thanks.

    A direct link to the site for Dartmoor wild camping:

    Dartmoor National Park Authority - Wild Camping

    They have a great downloadable (PDF) leaflet here (direct link/ right click link and Save As or click and save pdf file):

    Camping and Backpacking on Dartmoor Leaflet (1.26MB)

    It's so refreshing to see authorities publicising this kind of information :)
     
  5. dommyracer

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    Hmmm. I guess this is meant to stop people in campervans etc but I suppose if they wanted to get picky it could preclude hammocks.

    Then again, is a hammock a 'structure?'
     
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    But, the Hammok would be considered your bed. A tarp over the top of it would constitute the tent. not all tents have sewn in sides and ground sheets, nor do they all have tent poles. It's all in how you interperate the regulations.
     
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    Yeah, I was just being pedantic. I can't imagine you'd have any grief, I certainly haven't.
     
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    I've used Blackator copse several times. It's lovely there, the trees are amazing - but do check yourself for ticks because at this time of year the bracken is extremely thick there.
     
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    erm fernworthy looks good
    jus mind the bears
    and find out if you are allowed to stay there (or just be very quiet!)
     
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    No good for a hammock, no trees, but Plym Steps is quite nice for a night out if you are on the South Moor. Plenty of water, relatively tucked out of harms way and there are worse places to have a beer and watch the sun go down than Hartor Tors.
     
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    I went for a walk to Wistmans woods on Saturday and on the return came through Beardown Farm - opposite the Two Bridges Hotel on the junction. I saw this sign on the gate of a field which had a nice looking stream and some well spaced trees!

    Sounds like it's aimed at us too!!
     

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    You got a grid ref for that farm?
     
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    Try

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    Hey, that looks good. Might give it a whirl some time..
     
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    I'd agree with that - I was biviing in Burrator woods a few weeks ago and I woke up to find I had 5 of the little blighters biting me – I’d suggest sleeping in a hammock or some thing similar that raise you off the ground would be a good idea.

    An alternative would be to sleep up on one of the Tor’s themselves – best done on a fine warm night but definitely an amazing experience
     
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    ... just don't roll over in your sleep! :eek: :lmao:
     
  17. pippyd

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    First post (come via British Blades) so hello all!

    Recently went to Wistman's Wood (Dave Budd recommended it to me on British Blades), didn't venture far in to the woods as there is a sign next to the gate before the wood asking people not to climb over the bolders as it damages the lichen. We walked past and then over to the other side of the valley and back along the leat. This piccy was taken of Wistman's wood from the other side of the valley (SX 6091 7767).

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    We passed Beardown Farm campsite on the way back there was 1 tent there at the time:

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    Decided to camp (SX 60250 75375) there a few days later (we were at Cockingford at the time of the walk).

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    Had a good chat with the farmer, he said summer hols/August tends to be his quietest time, other times of the year he tends to get lots of groups from people training for DofE to Hells Angels. Think he mentioned up to 70 people spread about the place at certain times. Said the only people he'd not have back were the police as they made a right mess :)

    There is a dedicated large spot for open fire across the stream in the trees (past the tent in the pic). A fire is allowed here but he said under no circumstance are open fires allowed anywhere else. We camped so I didn't look in to tree spacing for you hardcore lot! Other things to note were it sounded like he would allow wood collected from his land if done responsibly (sign states otherwise I think due to bad experiences in the past). The stream water is clean enough to drink, there is also a tap up at the farm. Toilet - go dig a hole. We were the only people there for our stay though he said it can get very busy so best to ring up in advance.

    We enjoyed our stay at Cockingford farm until 3 families arrived as a group with tents the size of houses and pitched between the existing rows of tents - they were so close guyropes crossed :(. Met a nice family John and Mel who had been going there each year for something like 13 years.

    Cheers, Phil


     
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    Maybe I'm being thick, but what does "ppl" stand for??
     
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    People at a guess.

    P
     
  20. pippyd

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    Yes sorry ppl = people.

    I'll edit the post accordingly.

    Apologies, Phil
     

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