STAY SAFE ON DARTMOOR DURING COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who has stayed at home and safe during the full lockdown.  Now that Dartmoor is accessible again for exercise, in accordance with Government guidelines as lockdown is eased, there is an increased chance of callouts on the moor; accidents can and do happen.  On callouts, our volunteers still need to take precautions with every casualty, assuming them to be positive with COVID-19. They need to do this to stay safe and well themselves and to ensure that DSRT Tavistock remains operational.  Bear in mind that the use of PPE, its disposal and subsequent deep cleaning of all rescue equipment and clothing increases the work load of volunteers.

There are many ways to enjoy Dartmoor, whether you’re walking, climbing, running or cycling, but they can sometimes be as treacherous as they are inspiring.  Dartmoor is a remote wilderness, covering 368 square miles of heath, valley, farmland, high moor and bogs capable of taking life and its changeable weather and conditions are renowned.  Even the most experienced walkers have been caught out by the weather, or overtaken by darkness or injury.

Mobile phone signal is often very poor or non-existent, and batteries drain very quickly in the cold: don’t rely on just a mobile for mapping or communications.

We love Dartmoor too and invite you to #BeAdventureSmart  whilst outdoors.  Everyone needs to think about their skills and capabilities, anticipate the weather and have the equipment and clothing to stay safe.  Download the MREW #BeAdventureSmart Leaflet to help you plan your outings and spare a few moments to prepare yourself using the information below.

Check the weather forecasts and daylight times before you head out

Met Office

Whichever way you plan to enjoy Dartmoor, be #AdventureSmart

View or download the guide below and ask yourself these 3 questions…

Dartmoor has 3 Firing Ranges.  Do not enter the ranges when the red flags are visible.  Check the website for firing times.

Texts require less signal than phone calls, so register your phone for emergency SMS before you go out on the moor. 

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