Keeping Safe

Dos and Don'ts

Please visit the Moor

Please visit the Moor, but keep to the rules designed to protect the delicate environment:-
Park in designated places.
DON’T feed the ponies. It attracts them to the roads where they can be injured by traffic.
Follow the guidelines for your activity (available in Park offices).
Stick to paths.
During wet weather try to stay on hard tracks.
Always use stiles and gates to cross walls, DON’T jump over.
In dry weather the Moor can be a tinderbox, be careful with stoves and cigarettes.
Don’t move stones, they are often part of an archaeological feature. See below.
Follow signs around restoration sites.
Follow and keep to the Country Code.
Take your litter home with you! It can be deadly to the animals if left on the moor and in all cases is just plain ignorant.

Please remember

Always seek permission before entering on to private land.
Avoid undue disturbance to wildlife. Plants and animals may inadvertently be displaced or destroyed by careless actions.
Remember that rock faces, quarry faces and old mine workings may be highly dangerous, always consider your personal safety and the safety of others.
Dartmoor is one of the most important archaeological landscapes in Britain. Each individual feature may hold a vital clue to the past.
Many archaeological sites are protected by law, you may be breaking the law if you disturb them.
Many archaeological features are smaller than you might expect. Some are only a few centimetres high
If you are not sure whether something is an archaeological feature or not, give it the benefit of the doubt and leave well alone
Never disturb an archaeological site or ruined structure by moving stones around.
Never dig in or around an archaeological site. Information buried below ground is as important to the archaeologist as that which can be seen above ground.
Do not camp or light fires in or around archaeological sites.
Do not use archaeological sites to store equipment or as hiding places or as bivouac sites.
Mineshafts and old mine workings can be dangerous
A pile of stones is not just a pile of stones. A moment’s carelessness can destroy thousands of years of history.

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