Tick List Problem

Hi all Registered Users (Dartefacters). The site is currently experiencing a technical issue with the tick-list system and so a backup file might have to be used. It is suggested that you hold off ‘ticking’ any more items until this issue is resolved – as using an older backup file will wipe any ticks you record. The backup is likely to be for April 1st 2018 – so apologies if any of you have been doing some ticking-off during this period as those will be lost. I will Blog again when the situation has been resolved.

Many thanks for your understanding.


Dartmoor Goes Middle-Earth with Artist Dan Bell

The artist and illustrator Dan Bell has mapped Dartmoor in a similar ‘Middle-Earth‘ cartographic style as that created by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of ‘The Hobbit‘ and ‘The Lord of The Rings‘.

Dan set himself the task of drawing all of the National Parks in the same ‘Middle-Earth’ Tolkien style and recently completed Dartmoor. He shared his map with the ‘Dartmoor 365’ Facebook Group and it was an immediate hit! Dartmoor 365 was written by John Hayward and grids Dartmoor into 365 square miles. A square for every day of the year! Each page details one of those square miles and lists the various things to be found therein. Dartmoor abounds with Prehistoric Stone Circles, Stone Rows, Clapper Bridges, Brooding Tor summits and Boundary Stones to name just a few items. So impressed was Dan with  the concept of ‘Dartmoor 365’ that he included many of the items listed by John Hayward in his own map drawing. There are even plans to further develop this map in collaboration with the ‘Dartmoor 365’ Facebook Group to include even more special things to be found. We like to call these things ‘Dartefacts’!

The amateur cartographer has said: “I like to think the maps allow people to imagine where they live in a Tolkien style.” (BBC News, 20 January 2018).

Dan Bell’s website is: MiddleEarthMaps and he also has an Etsy Shop: MiddleEarthMaps.

You can contact Dan Bell, or purchase his Tolkien Dartmoor Map from either of those web locations, as well as view and purchase all of his maps of the National Parks to date. Dan also takes commissions – so if there is a special place maybe you can get Dan to draw it Middle-Earth style for you!


Send Me Your Photos!!

I have had a number of emails asking if people can have their photos of ‘Dartefacts’ displayed on the site pages. I have given this very careful consideration and have now decided to allow Registered Users to email in their ‘Dartefact’ photos for possible publishing as ‘Featured Images’ on Dartefact item pages. Only the very best images will be used, so I will be very selective. There will be some post-processing done to the images to make them suitable for fast web-page uploading as well as colour correction/ sharpening etc.

For example:



(Image of Venton Chapel Cross kindly supplied by Dave Hamnett).

I have made this decision as I have come to realise what a huge undertaking this project is and I would rather have as many items with accompanying images as possible – rather than wait until I get to visit them myself. Additionally the admin time of processing my RAW images, uploading, editing etc. is proving so time consuming I am not providing as many Dartefacts with images as I would wish. Also the Dartmoor areas of the North, North East and East – areas that I visit less often as they are further away from sunny Plymouth – are not getting the attention they fully deserve!

All images will be acknowledged, by naming the Registered User who has supplied the image(s), so this gives Users an opportunity to contribute towards this valuable ‘historical’ project!

Please view the ‘Venton Chapel Cross‘ Dartefact Page (image kindly supplied by Dave Hamnett) to see an example of how a supplied image will be displayed and acknowledged.  In the example on this page I reduced the file size down from 1.8MB to 200 KB (much faster page loading times) and reduced the image size down to my standard 1000px for PC screens. I hope you can see that the image retains a surprising amount of quality and is even enhanced in brightness/ clarity as a result of this work.

At some point those images supplied/ chosen may be supplanted by my own – although they will probably then be moved to the ‘main’ page and so still displayed, although no longer as top ‘Featured Images’.

I will need an email to confirm that if you supply an image then you are ‘agreeing to allow all images provided to be displayed with full permission granted in perpetuity’. Please also be aware that with time constraints it may take me a while to choose and display any images you provide and if I have a lot of images sent in I will probably be unable to acknowledge receipt of your email/ images.

Example of email permission (to copy > paste):

‘I agree to allow all images and text etc. provided to be displayed with full permission granted in perpetuity’.

I look forward to receiving and displaying your Dartefact images!

Best wishes,


Giant’s Ladder Shocker!

First it was the Giant’s Chair and now the Giant’s Ladder has gone missing. That poor Giant doesn’t have much luck with his fixtures and fittings does he? It sounds as if the Ladder went in the recent Christmas storms – a great pity. Finger’s crossed that artist Henry Bruce makes a ‘Giant’s Beanstalk’ so that the Giant can get back home!

If you want to see where it was then click HERE.

There is also a ‘Giant’s Marble‘ on the moors.. although I don’t think this will go missing anytime soon..

Mystery on Kestor Rock!

Hi all Dartmoor Explorers! A really interesting mystery here from Emma Cunis (of Dartmoor’s Daughter).

Whilst out walking on Dartmoor Emma found an intriguing inscription on the summit of Kestor Rock. It is a small carved inscription ‘XI’ (Roman Numerals?) with a small drilled hole underneath. It has been suggested that it might be an early Ordnance Survey benchmark and that the hole is there for the central position of the theodolite used to survey the triangulation to other known high points. I am uncertain about the bench mark theory but there was certainly once an Ordnance Survey Triangulation Pillar on top of Kestor.

XI inscription (Roman Numerals?) and hole on Kestor Rock (Dartefact Item Link)

Any thoughts on this mystery anyone? I have yet to visit and the location is only a 6-figure estimate at present, but I have never seen this item before despite standing on the summit of Kestor Rock many times!

Contact Dartefacts

Many thanks to Emma for supplying this information to Dartefacts.

Image above kindly supplied by Emma Cunis (Dartmoor’s Daughter).