The first steps in dealing with a path problem
If you encounter a problem anywhere along the route, you should take a photograph
and make a note of the grid reference at the location of the problem. Please read
the next section on responsibilities which should allow you to decide whether the
problem should be reported to DNP, DCC or DW.
Who is responsible for maintenance?
The maintenance of the public rights of way which form the Dartmoor Way (DW)
walking route are mainly the responsibility of Dartmoor National Park (DNP),
but some sections, mainly around towns, are outside the park, making them the
responsibility of Devon County Council (DCC).
The Dartmoor Way committee have
agreed to use our volunteers to deal with minor problems along the route, such
as using secateurs to cut back overgrown vegetation and replacing broken or
missing way marks.
It has been agreed that more substantial problems, such as
fallen trees, broken stiles / gates, flooding or major overgrowth of hedgerows,
should be reported directly to DNP or DCC, using their existing systems
. (See below.)
How to Report a path problem
To report a problem to DNP
, go to
the DNP website
, you will first need to register or log in and then
click on 'report a problem' on the left hand side and follow the instructions on the screen.
You will be sent an email with a problem reference number and you will be able to track
progress in dealing with this problem.
To report a problem to DCC
, go to the DCC website
click on ‘report a problem' on the right hand side and follow the instructions on
the screen. You will be sent an email with a problem reference number and you will
be able to track progress in dealing with this problem.
To report a problem to the DW maintenance focal point
to send an email. Please include a photograph and a grid reference. Our aim will
be to send you an email acknowledging your report and explaining what action is planned.
If you have a general comment on the state of the route or you are not satisfied
with the response to any problems you submitted to DNP or DCC, then please use
an email to the DW maintenance focal
If this issue has previously been reported to DNP or DCC, then please include
the problem reference number in your email. Our aim will be to liaise with DNP and DCC
and try to ensure that all reported problems are responded to.