Torridge cautions against illegal camping at Northam Burrows

Torridge District Council has cautioned visitors against illegal camping after a rise in reported incidents this summer. Beauty spots such as Northam Burrows have experienced problems with overnight camping, despite local bye-laws prohibiting this activity. Associated anti-social behaviour has also been reported with open fires, litter and noise causing a concern for the local community and a hazard for wildlife and habitat in the protected nature reserve.
Rangers want to make transgressors aware that a breach of a bye-law is a summary offence that can result in a fine. Non-payment of the fine could result in prosecution at Magistrates’ Court and on conviction a further penalty fine.

Northam Burrows Lead Ranger Michael Day said “Northam Burrows is a special place and we welcome visitors throughout the year. However, some activities need to be restricted to protect the local environment and prevent disturbance to our neighbours and the grazing animals and wildlife. Camping and overnight parking is forbidden in the local byelaws and penalties will be issued to those in breach of these regulations. We are urging everyone to act responsibly when using the park and help us to protect this unique environment for future generations.”

Torridge District Council permit Camper Vans to stay overnight in selected car parks for up to two consecutive nights, including Churchfields Appledore, Riverbank Long Stay car park in Bideford, Sydney House Torrington and Holsworthy Manor car park.

Where permitted, overnight stays cost £5 per night and are available between 6pm and 11am the next morning. For more information visit:


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