A RALLY of support has been planned outside the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) Headquarters next week, to show support for the appeal of the controversial ruling that outlawed camping on Dartmoor without the landowner's consent. DNPA was given leave to appeal the ruling yesterday.

The appeal follows a challenge brought to the park by Alexander Darwall, the owner of 4,000 acres of Dartmoor, took the DNPA to the high courts late last year, who successfully challenged the decades-old legal underpinning of the right to wild camp on the moor without the permission of the landowner.

A spokesperson for Dartmoor Wild Camping Action Group, who organised the event, said: 'Today is a momentous day and one giant leap over our first hurdle. Dartmoor National Park Authority have been granted leave to appeal the recent high court decision on wild camping on Dartmoor.

'We’d like to thank all of those who have participated in giving whatever they can towards this appeal so far. It's a huge achievement.But we still have a long way to go to save Dartmoor win back our rights.

'On April 14th 2023 Dartmoor national park authority will be meeting at their HQ @ Parke to decide whether to pursue the appeal in the appeal courts. We are asking you to resend all the wonderful testimonial emails of what wild camping on Dartmoor means to you, and why you feel an appeal should be fought in the courts, to the Dartmoor national park authority before April 14th.

'We at the Dartmoor Wild camping Action Group will be organising a supportive rally on Friday 14th April at Parke. The aim of this event is to continue to apply friendly pressure on the Authority, and show members of the board that the public are in full support of an appeal.'

Further details on the event can be found here.