Dartmoor Wild Camping Campaigners travel to London for key court case

Campaigners from The Stars are for Everyone will be travelling to London next Tuesday [18 July] for the high court appeal hearing into the decision to remove the right to backpack camp on Dartmoor without permission.

The appeal is being brought by Dartmoor National Park Authority with support from the Open Spaces Society. It follows the controversial court decision in January this year that there was no right to camp on Dartmoor in a case brought by landowner and hedge fund manager Alexander Darwall.

Public reaction to the decision brought over 3000 people to a demonstration on Dartmoor – the biggest such right to roam demonstration in a generation.

The campaigners are hoping that the decision will be overturned

Lewis Winks, speaking for The Stars are for Everyone, said: “We believe that everyone should have the right to responsibly enjoy Dartmoor without having to seek permission, and this is in the spirit of the original reason our National Parks were established. The widespread public support for this was demonstrated earlier this year by the thousands that took to the moor in the biggest right to roam protest in a generation.

“We will be outside the High Court next Tuesday supporting the appeal against the decision earlier this year that removed the right to camp and invite people to join us in solidarity with all those that want to freely spend a night under the stars.”

Joining the campaigners outside the court will be Caroline Lucas MP, Mary-Ann Ochota and Guy Shrubsole.

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