About Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor is one of the UK’s 15 National Parks, the ‘breathing spaces’ for the nation, a place of enjoyment and recreation for millions, home to around 35,000 people, and a place of work for around 10,000 people, including those who work the land, and in doing so help to create the landscapes that make Dartmoor worthy of National Park status.  Wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, characteristic and rare wildlife, and a rich history, are amongst the special qualities that make Dartmoor a unique place.

This Partnership Plan (also known as the ‘Management Plan’) sets a bold Vision for Dartmoor’s future in delivering the purposes for which National Parks were designated, to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage, and to promote understanding and enjoyment of Dartmoor’s special qualities. The Plan is a call to action for individuals, communities, businesses, public bodies, voluntary sector, and other organisations to work together and with the National Park Authority to deliver this Vision.  It also includes the Vision of the Next Generation of people who will be the future custodians of Dartmoor.

The Partnership Plan outlines the key drivers and challenges facing the National Park, including conflicting objectives and competing priorities, and sets out how these should be addressed. It will guide the resource allocation and priorities of the National Park Authority and partner organisations who are key to its delivery, and the Partners hope that it will also influence wider decisions and investment of those who have a role to play in land management, tourism and the wider economy.

Map showing the 10 English National Parks and Dartmoor National Park