The Daily Telegraph

Wild behaviour


Few will blame the Dartmoor authoritie­s for seeking to address some of the damage caused by wild camping. After all, not even the hardy Dartmoor ponies should be expected to tolerate litter, loud music and damage to the moor perpetrate­d by the large groups that discovered the area during lockdown. The irony is that genuine hikers and outdoor enthusiast­s, who love wild camping precisely for its unspoilt nature, would be among the first to suggest a lengthy stay in the moor’s famous prison for anybody who despoils it, and it would be a shame if one of the few places in England where the practice is allowed were to ban it entirely. The challenge is to tackle the anti-social minority, whose interest will doubtless have waned with the reopening of pubs, without ruining it for everybody.

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