Public opinions sought in Dartmoor cycling consultation

The public’s views are being sought by the National Park as it prepares to create a cycling code of conduct

Dartmoor National Park Authority says that it wants to develop a basic set of principles for both on and off road riding in the 368 sq. miles of moorland in south Devon.

As detailed in the Dartmoor Commons Act 1985, cycling on open moorland or common land is prohibited unless it is on one of the 350 kilometres of bridleways or byways. There is also a network of designated cycle routes in the National Park.

Dartmoor cycling consultation

Dartmoor cycling consultation

Consultation on responsibility

An increase in cycling in the area has prompted the consultation to ensure that cyclists ride responsibility where they are allowed to, leave gates as they find them, protect the environment and ensure that the National Park remains a living and working landscape.

All comments on the new guidance must be submitted to recreation@dartmoor.gov.uk no later than October 31.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.


Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.