Dartmoor car parks reopen as bosses say ‘things will be different’

Car parks on Dartmoor have reopened following a change in lockdown rules that allow people to drive to exercise.

From today (Wednesday), people will be allowed to take unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise and drive to other destinations – as long as existing social distancing rules are followed.

Dartmoor National Park had closed its car parks in March as part of the coronavirus lockdown.

If you choose to come to Dartmoor to exercise, things will be different – you can’t simply do what you did before…

A spokesperson said today: “We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Dartmoor.

“Our priority is to help people remain safe – those who come to exercise and the people who live and work in the national park.

“We have reopened our car parks at Haytor (top and middle), Princetown, Postbridge and Meldon. For now they will be free to use.”

However, the spokesperson also confirmed that toilets remain closed until they can be safely opened both for the public and our staff who clean them.

Visitor centres will also reman shut for the foreseeable future.

“If you choose to come to Dartmoor to exercise, things will be different – you can’t simply do what you did before,” added the spokesperson.

“We kindly ask you to make a few changes to the way you visit to protect yourself and our communities, so we can all do our bit to control the spread of Covid-19. Every single action you take will make a difference.”

Dartmoor National Park is asking people to :

Stay alert

  • Stay at home as much as possible;
  • Limit contact with other people – think about when you come and avoid busy sites and peak times of day;
  • Follow social distancing rules. Keep away from other people (two metres apart);
  • Wash your hands regularly –  bring hand/sanitising gel with you (as there are limited facilities available to wash hands) and use it after touching shared surfaces eg gates and stiles when walking on paths;
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times;
  • Look out for ticks and adders.

Be considerate

  • Of farmers, local communities and the vulnerable. Avoid paths through farmyards and gardens – don’t linger if you use them;
  • Of the wildlife, countryside and unique landscape – the lambing, foal and bird breeding season;
  • When you park, please make sure you aren’t blocking gateways, narrow lanes or driveways;
  • To rangers and staff – they are here to look after Dartmoor and those living, working and visiting;
  • To other visitors – share the space, limit your visits;
  • Be patient with other people.

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