More visitors

Dartmoor is attracting an increasing number of visitors, a trend that has been exacerbated during the COVID19 pandemic and is predicted to continue, particular with the large number of new houses being built in surrounding areas. During the preparation of the Management Plan there were conflicting views between those who welcomed the increasing numbers and those who felt that this was having a negative effect on the National Park, including impacts on local communities through increased traffic, loss of tranquillity, path erosion and tensions between different recreation users.

Principles:

  • Recognise that visitor numbers will increase, and plan for this with a particular focus to promote sustainable travel options to and around the National Park.
  • Issues of anti-social behaviour and conflict are real and have been increasing. Although we want to welcome people to the National Park, we need to have the tools and resources to manage them. Continued work with the police will be crucial but also continued targeted communication to raise awareness.
  • Promote increased understanding and mutual respect between visitors and local communities, and respect for the National Park’s special qualities
  • Proactively manage visitor activity through strategic zoning
  • Accept and implement restrictions or tighter management on certain activities, in certain places or at certain times of year when this is necessary to protect the fabric of the National Park