Plan and prepare: 'Staycation' tips for Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

As more measures aimed at easing lockdown come into effect from July 4, people planning a holiday to Dartmoor are encouraged to ‘know before they go’ so they can enjoy their stay safely. Updated guidance published by Dartmoor National Park will help people – particularly those who want to camp in a motorhome, campervan or tent – explore the moor sustainably and stress-free. If you plan to...

Local pubs are often the hub of the community

Authored by Mary

Local pubs are often the hub of the community.

That’s certainly the case in Drewsteignton where The Drewe Arms has been supporting local people on Dartmoor throughout the coronavirus pandemic despite, like all pubs across the country, being closed during the lockdown.

The pub received a £500 grant from Devon County Council’s Prompt Action Fund and it has made it go a long...

Public toilets reopen on parts of Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

Toilets owned by Dartmoor National Park Authority have reopened. Following comprehensive risk assessments, toilets have reopened at: • Haytor (the accessible toilet only – the male and female ones remain closed) • Dartmeet • Venford Reservoir (the accessible toilet and male toilets only – the female loos remained closed) • Meldon Reservoir. They are open seven days a week. The layout of the...

Award winning photographer joins Dartmoor pony and conservation charity as patron

Authored by Mary

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Pony Trust (DPHT) has announced that photographer Malcolm Snelgrove has become the charity’s new patron.

The charity’s vision is to secure the future of the native Dartmoor pony and to inspire and connect people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage. Developing its partnership with Malcolm, a respected, internationally published equine and...

New online food and drink map goes live

Authored by Mary

A new food and drink directory for Dartmoor has been launched with the aim of linking communities with producers in their local area. The aim is to celebrate the range of local food and encourage people to support local businesses. The food and drink map shows around 60 outlets and where you can find them. As well as local meat and vegetables the directory also includes suppliers of honey,...

Concerns raised over anti-social behaviour on Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

As the warm weather continues and lockdown restrictions are eased, Dartmoor Rangers have seen a rise in irresponsible and abusive behaviour as people visit the National Park.

Barbeques and open fires, despite the high fire risk, piles of discarded rubbish including discarded barbeques, parking blocking people’s drives and farm gates, social distancing forgotten, are just a few of the...

Warning of fire risk on dry Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

Dartmoor National Park and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning for people not to light barbecues and campfires after an increase in wildfire incidents. Soaring temperatures and hot weather, which is set to continue in coming days, means the fire severity risk on Dartmoor is forecast as ‘high’. Anyone planning a trip to Dartmoor for some fresh air, a picnic or a...

One of the finest gardens in England launches crowdfunding campaign to save its future

Authored by Mary

The Garden House, in Buckland Monachorum, Devon, is reaching out to friends, partners and visitors to ask for their support to help it stay open for generations to come.

The Dartmoor based charity has launched a crowdfunding campaign as part of Crowdfunder.co.uk’s Pay It Forward to raise £20,000 - vital funds it needs to re-open once the COVID 19 health crisis has passed. So far, in...

2020 Dartmoor Folk Festival postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic

Authored by Mary

ORGANISERS of the annual Dartmoor Folk Festival have announced that this year's event, which was due to take place over three days at South Zeal in August, has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued on April 29, the Dartmoor Folk Festival Association said: “It is with much sadness that we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year's Dartmoor...

Dartmoor launches online 'learning in lockdown' for home education

Authored by Mary

Dartmoor National Park has launched a new ‘ learning in lockdown ’ digital hub to help inspire and educate people about the National Park's special landscape and what can be found there. The free online resources are aimed at supporting children, parents and teachers as we all continue to observe ' stay at home ' measures due to the Covid-19 emergency. Developed by Dartmoor National Park...


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