Dartmoor Camping Ban Overturned

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The ban on wild camping on Dartmoor has been overturned, following a successful appeal to the High Court by the Dartmoor National Park Authority and Open Spaces Society.

This reinstates the right to camp without landowners’ permission, and overturns the judgement previously made in favour of the landowner.

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The Right To Roam campaign issued the following statement:

VICTORY! Wild camping rights restored on Dartmoor! 🏕

We’re delighted to announce that the right to wild camp on Dartmoor has been restored as of an historic court decision today, overturning the previous ban on wild camping which tool place this January.

We’re phenomenally grateful to all of you who have campaigned tirelessly for this historic decision, taking action on Dartmoor and across the country for our right to wild camp.

Dartmoor is just 0.2% of land in England, and we are still banned from 92% of the English countryside. But this is a HUGELY important precedent and shows the growing momentum for a national Right to Roam just like Scotland has.

Make no mistake, this is just the start or reclaiming our Right to Roam. Onwards and upwards!

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While this judgement doesn’t affect our right (or not) to ride bikes on Dartmoor (another thorny issue), this judgement in favour of the public over the landowner is surely a step in the right direction.

Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s head of campaigns said:

“It’s great to see sense triumph with today’s ruling that wild camping is a form of open air recreation, with the courts acknowledging that the Dartmoor Commons Act allows the public to engage in open-air recreation on the Commons on foot or on horseback. But the obvious question for us, is why cycling wasn’t included in that expansive right of access.

“Isn’t riding a bike a form of open-air recreation as well? Is it logical that you can walk, or ride a horse, wherever you want, but you can’t ride a bike on a well surfaced land rover track? As the (long delayed) Byelaw review moves forward over the coming months, we hope you’ll join us in asking questions over why National Parks aren’t offering fair access for cyclists too. Nearly 75 years on from the Act of Parliament that created our National parks, the original vision remains a long way from being fulfilled”.

Climb aboard your dandy-horses and head for the hills?

While you’re here…

https://singletrackworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/issue-148-kit-essentials-sleeping-out/
https://singletrackworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/podcast-carry-on-camping-in-dartmoor-with-cycling-uk/
https://singletrackworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/access-rights-be-nice-say-hi-ask-why/

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    footflaps
    Full Member

    Excellent news!

    tjagain
    Full Member

    3rd thread on it
    “ducks and covers”

    nbt
    Full Member

    @tjagain said
    3rd thread on it

    reported ;)

    reported as duplicate thread

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    Soz, I’m just not quick enough to beat you all to it and it automatically creates a thread when I write a news story!

    nbt
    Full Member

    (I didn’t really report it as a duplicate thread as I was aware of the auto-post thread thing)

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    martymac
    Full Member

    Pishy wet miserable day here, so this is some great news to brighten things up👍👍

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    kayak23
    Full Member

    The right outcome.

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    tjagain
    Full Member

    Sorry hannah – just taking the mickey.

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    csb
    Free Member

    What you need to do Hannah is use the search function. Oh.

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    jam-bo
    Full Member

    On the ground it will make very little difference, but it’s the principle and precedent that matters.

    Let’s hope it gives the access movement some momentum and the darwells regret ever starting this fight…

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    gecko76
    Full Member

    I know where I’d be sleeping tonight if I lived closer.

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    zerocool
    Free Member

    Hooray

    Common sense and the freedom defeats greedy hedge fund managers.

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    ravingdave
    Full Member

    Such amazing news! I am off to buy a small tent. Cant wait to take kids to the moor for a night under the stars. It makes a huge difference to know that your activity is legal especially when done with little ones.

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    robertajobb
    Full Member

    Excellent news.

    This and beating the Crims at the Oval in the same day.

    Most Excellent.

     

    Now… time to just get rid of the Monarchy as the origin of much of the shiiite land inacess in England and Wales.

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    molgrips
    Free Member

    Now… time to just get rid of the Monarchy as the origin of much of the shiiite land inacess in England and Wales.

    That’s not gonna make a difference now! The time for that was 950 years ago.

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    alric
    Free Member

    That’s not gonna make a difference now! The time for that was 950 years ago.

    really? I wasn there then!
    William the Conkerer may have claimed england belonged to him, but he’s gone now. And who agreed with him anyway? Those that did probably did so on pain of death, or worse. do we stand for terrorism these days?

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    Northwind
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    Just imagine though, there was an exact moment in the UK where for the last time ever some gangster stole a bit of land, killed the rightful owners or ran the farmers off their farms, and without any fear of repercussion could just say “that’s mine now because I killed the people who used to own it”. And that gangster’s great great great grandkids quite likely still own it today and send their kids to study PPE at Oxford. That’s leaving aside all the squatters- the people who’ve just claimed land for long enough that we treat it like they definitely own it, like the black cuillin and similar- all those rich landowners who’re so desperately opposed to creating any sort of meaningful land register in the UK for, like, no reason at all and definitely not because they can’t actually prove they own the land…

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    winston
    Free Member

    Here we go again. Fingers crossed once more that common law and common sense prevail.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/10/landowners-supreme-court-case-threatens-dartmoor-wild-camping-victory

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    zilog6128
    Full Member

    The case hinged on whether wild camping counted as open-air recreation, leading to a long debate in the court of appeal. Lawyers acting for Alexander Darwall, the landowner, argued it was not, because when camping one was only sleeping rather than enjoying a particular activity.

    Surely anyone can see that the sleeping is an integral part of the recreational activity, and no-one is trekking out to Dartmoor simply because they need a bed for the night?!

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