Snow is falling on the high ground Devon and Cornwall and the local constabulary have taken to social media to ask drivers to avoid Dartmoor this evening due to the heavy snow that is currently falling there and the amount of vehicles getting stuck in the Princetown area reportedly.
— DevonCornwall Police (@DC_Police) January 12, 2017
Dartmoor becomes a hotspot during snow showers and when the area began getting snowfall from around midday today the so called ‘Snow Tourists’, as they are being called by the locals started to flood in and began getting stuck.
The locals claim that the ‘Snow Tourists’ eave a trail of devastation on Dartmoor after coming to enjoy the snow, this spurred a code of conduct to be drawn up in an attempt to limit the amount of carnage caused on the moors.
Locals to the area have not only complained about the litter and the stranded cars, but there is concern over the inconsiderate and anti-social behaviour of the visitors. Double parked cars, blocked roads, trampled fields and inconsideration to the animals that live on the moors are just some of the complaints.
Cllr David Worth, co-chair of Dartmoor Forest Parish Council, issued a warning to dog walkers about keeping control of their animals as farmers had the right to shoot any canines disturbing their lambs. He said, “This is a time for family fun and tourists are welcome to come and enjoy the snow while it lasts.
“However, visitors are asked to abide by a few simple rule to avoid making life a nightmare for local residents.
“Park your cars responsibly and avoid blocking the road or restricting access. Emergency vehicles need easy access at all times to the moorland communities.
“Do not attempt to drive down narrow moorland roads that have not been gritted. You will get stuck, either on the road or in the ditch.
“Do not attempt to drive down village side streets that have not been gritted. You may cause an accident.
“Do not enter any fields with livestock. Sheep are heavily pregnant at this time of year and will miscarry if they become stressed.
“Keep close control of dogs. Farmers are entitled to shoot any dog worrying sheep, especially around lambing time.
“Respect private property. Not everywhere on the moor is access land.
“Leave gates and property as you find them. Farmers will normally shut gates to keep animals in, but may sometimes leave them open so the animals can reach food and water.
“Use gates only and do not climb over dry stone walls or fences. These are easily damaged, allowing farm animals to escape.
“If you are asked to leave private property by the land owner, Dartmoor National Park Ranger or the Police, please comply with the request politely and quickly.
“Do not resort to verbal or physical abuse.”