Links Dartmoor National Park Dartmoor National Park are ultimately responsible for the protection, curation, conservation and enhancement of Dartmoor, it’s landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage. They operate three visitor centres (Princetown, Postbridge & Haytor), provide ranger services, support work within the many small Dartmoor communities as well as maintaining and developing access opportunities to the countryside. Their website offers a wealth of help & advice for anyone planning a trip to the Dartmoor, activities & events, planning and historical information. Dartmoor Training Area Dartmoor has been used for military training since the early 1800s. The Dartmoor Training Area comprises of three training ranges on the north moor (Okehampton, Merrivale and Willsworthy and dry training areas on the south moor (Cramber Tor, Ringmoor and Sheeps Tor). All ranges have restricted access during times of live firing. An up to date calendar is published on this site so you are able to check the status of military activity while planning your walk. Although they strive to ensure the accuracy of the data you still need to be careful when entering the ranges and check for red flags and lights (at night). Live Firing Times This site provides the official Live Firing Times for the Merrivale, Oakhampton & Willsworthy Ranges. These must be observed in all cases and the range is not to be entered during these times even if you cannot hear any shooting. The two training areas on the south moor (Cramber Tor and Ringmoor) are used for ‘dry training’ – no live ammunition is used, only blank and pyrotechnics, there are no restrictions in terms of public access and the focus is on adventurous and tactical battle training and are therefore not covered by the same rules and regulations. Legendary Dartmoor This has to be the biggest and most informative Dartmoor site on the entire web. Tim Sandles started developing the first incantation way back in 1997 and rebooted it in 2005. Since then it’s grown into a massive library of over 900 pages and all aspects of Dartmoor including history, folklore, life on Dartmoor & archaeology to name a few. If you have a question about the Moor you’ll almost certainly find an answer on Tim’s site. Visit Dartmoor Visit Dartmoor is a site that is dedicated to providing plenty of information about activities, local news, places to explore, stay and eat all within and immediately around Dartmoor National Park. The site is very handy for those of us who live on the Moor or are just visiting as it’s updated many times a day. Dartmoor Walks This site is run by Richard Knights and it was the website that first inspired me to get back to walking on the moor and get some miles in my boots. Richard has documented every walk in fine detail with plenty of photographs to illustrate and lots of interesting ‘finds’ along the routes and seemingly is accompanied by his faithful collie, Rollo. He’s categorised the walks into distances so you’ll always be able to find something to suit. I still use Richard’s site regularly when I am planning a walk. National Trust Dartmoor Despite Dartmoor being a National Park, the National Trust still own and are responsible for ten ‘properties’ that lie within the boundaries of the Moor. These range from Sir Francis Drake’s home at Buckland Abbey near Yelverton to Fingle Bridge on the north of the Moor.