The Dartmoor National Park Authority are seeking to update and amend the local Dartmoor byelaws. This is part of a response to the increasing numbers of visitors to the area and the overuse of some areas adversely affecting the moor’s environment. They say that “The byelaw review does not seek to curb public access, nor anyone’s right to public access; it seeks to protect the national park by updating and amending the byelaws to make the rules clearer, deal with long-running issues and help staff enforce them – something they cannot currently do even in places where problems exist.” 

The consultation will remain open until 1 November 2021. At that point the Authority will meet again to consider responses and agree appropriate changes. The section Read our FAQs will provide information that you may find useful in considering their proposals.