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Climbing

Dartmoor is a wonderful place for both groups and individuals to climb. Many of the granite tors for which the National Park is famous offer both challenging routes and exciting bouldering opportunities amongst some of the wildest country in the south west.
Find out more about climbing guidelines, the main climbing areas and contact details from the Climbing on Dartmoor booklet.

Please note:
The inclusion of a crag on the new Dartmoor British Mountain Map in no way indicates public access to it.

Many of the routes must be booked – see the leaflet for details.

Climbing code of conduct

  • be aware of your impact on the fragile natural environment and avoid ‘gardening’ plants and lichens from the rock face;
  • tread carefully and seek to minimise erosion;
  • learn to recognise archaeological features and do not move any stones or climb on the remains of old buildings;
  • as well as making use of the cliff and crags take some practical steps to conserve them. Never leave any rubbish, and please pick up and take home any litter you find;
  • noise and behaviour both have an impact; remember that on a still day your voice can carry a long way disturbing wildlife, and other visitors - ensure that your climbing partner can hear you but not every other visitor in the area;
  • take care to avoid disturbing livestock when approaching or leaving crags and keep dogs under close control at all times;
  • ensure that access is permitted to the site - if in doubt ask at a local Information Centre.
Page last updated: 02 Feb 2015
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