out Dartmoor Search and Rescue
If you enjoy walking in any part of
our beautiful countryside you could get caught out by
the weather, get injured or make some navigational
errors. Dartmoor can be VERY wet and VERY windy, conditions can
change quickly. A few easy precautions can save you a lot of trouble.
1. Leave a note with your
family or friends saying where you are going and when
you expect to get back.
2. Don't forget to tell
them when you do get back!
3. On any walk think
about a quick way off the Moor if the weather turns
4. How much daylight is
left? Have you got a torch?
5. Is a member of the group tired or lagging
If you are caught out on the Moor and can't get to
safety then try to find
in the shelter of
a Tor or other feature.
If you come off the Moor in a
location than expected and are sitting in a warm pub,
phone your family or the Police in case you become the
subject of a search and rescue mission!
Don't rely on your
Check the local
BEFORE you venture outside. Click
to check the weather to give you a guide.
Make sure that you are
Moor - basic kit should include :-
food - glucose sweets, biscuits, nuts etc.
compass - and know how to use them.
blasts every minute is the recognised distress signal.
with spare bulb.
Powerful enough to signal with to help us find you.
-Small first aid kit.
-Plastic Survival bag.
-Dry spare clothing in a plastic bag (and put your
mobile phone in one too).
-Good ankle supporting boots are a must.
are also a must
for Dartmoor !
Be aware of the
standard distress signal......blow/flash SIX times a minute on
a whistle/torch, the answer is THREE
blasts/flashes. We use horns that are
quite distinct from a whistle and carry well in the wind
to attract your attention.
Contacting the Emergency Services when Walking
As the leader of a group, you will have to decide on
the best course of action in the event of an accident:
Whoever goes for help should take a written note with
the following information:
location of accident including a 6 figure grid
of the location
of the accident and time it occurred.
casualty and next of kin.
of injuries. Stick to the facts.
plan of action including names of other party members.
about terrain and best approach route.
soon as possible, contact the police who co-ordinate all
land based rescue services and have the authority to
mobilise all the services. You may need to stay close to
the 'phone to be interviewed by the leader of the
mountain rescue team.
Hypothermia - what
is it, how can you recognise it and
you should treat it.
article by Ian Winterburn
this excellent rescue