Right to Roam is a group campaigning to extend the Countryside & Rights of Way (CRoW) Act in England so that people can have access to open space, and the physical, mental, and spiritual health benefits that it brings. The group is made up of ramblers, wild swimmers, paddle-boarders, kayakers, authors, artists, and activists. It’s their hope that the Right to Roam will be extended to more areas, including woodlands, Green Belt Land, rivers, and banks.
According to Right to Roam, Dartmoor is the only place in England where it is legal to wild camp, but a land owner is heading to court to try to take that away. Just across the border in Scotland, camping under the stars is a right and not considered trespassing. On December 12th, they are organizing a rally outside of the Royal Courts of Justice in Strand, London, in defiance of this attempt to strip wild camping from Dartmoor National Park. You can RSVP and learn more about the rally here.
“The right to wild camp on Dartmoor is so precious. There’s nothing like waking up to the mist rising over Dartmoor. Or seeing the Milky Way on a clear night, if you’re lucky. These are absolutely magical experiences that stay with you for life.” —Guy Shrubsole (Right to Roam)
Learn more about Right to Roam, their goals, and make a donation at RightToRoam.org.uk.
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