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Martin Edwards

Wild camping on Dartmoor

Camping on Dartmoor isn't just about the tent. If you like a bit of sleeping out under the stars, this is the place to do it. Dartmoor is one of the few places in the UK where you can wild camp out on the moor; so, take your bivvi, and your bare minimum kit and enjoy some of the biggest skies in the west.

There are some simple rules to wild camping:

choose your spot sensibly

don't pitch your tent on farmland or moorland enclosed by walls, within 100 metres of a road, on a flood plain (who would want to?) or on an archaeological site. Common sense really.

The military utilise the northern moor around Merrivale and Okehampton for training at certain times and days of the week. Be sure to check the firing times or your camp might not be so peaceful!

Please see firing times here.

Right. Where to camp? Take a look at the map which outlines all the fabulous places that you can sleep out under the stars.

Lastly, if you decide that a night wild camping is perhaps not for you this time around but you still want to camp on Dartmoor, take a look at some of the campsites, camping pods, tipis, yurts and campbing barns:

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