Dartmoor Square Bagging Info

Square Bagging (Map)
All Squares and their Key Dartefacts (List)Square Bagging (Tick List)Top Square Bagging SquaresTop Square Baggers

The above downloadable item is an Excel Document kindly supplied by Peter Brooks. It allows the squares to be ‘ticked-off’ (by adding a 1 into the square bagged). This is a brilliant way of keeping track of your bagged squares – especially when planning that next Dartmoor adventure!

Peak bagging or hill bagging is an activity in which hikers, climbers, and mountaineers attempt to reach a collection of summits. These summits are often published in the form of a list. The activity was popularised in Scotland in the 1890s with the creation of the Munro list by Sir Hugh Munro. Square Bagging on Dartmoor is the activity of visiting every one of the 1044 Ordnance Survey ‘SX’ 1km Squares that sit within the National Park Boundary. The exact number of squares is open to some contention as at the edges there are some squares that only very partially clip that boundary as well as many that are on private land. It may be that as ‘Square Bagging’ develops as an activity on Dartefacts that this number changes. Personally I would like us to ‘find’ another 22 to make this ‘Dartmoor 1066’!

Image: Peter and Karin Brooks

Acknowledgements: Peter and Karin Brooks (who have previously supplied images and data to the Dartefacts site) had started ‘Square Bagging’ and suggested to me that it would be great to have that feature on Dartefacts. I thought it was a brilliant idea and so here it is! Peter has also provided many suggestions for this new feature as well as using his considerable Excel Spreadsheet etc. skills to make this all possible. I owe a huge thanks to both Peter and Karin.

I also owe a huge thanks to Simon Battersby (Website Genius) of Simon Battersby Consulting Ltd for all his hard work in realising the ‘Square Bagging’ idea. If you need a website I thoroughly recommend Simon.

How do you ‘bag’ a square area?? There is no hard and fast rule as to how you can claim you have ‘bagged’ a square, how you play this game is really up to you. But here are a few possibilities..

Option 1: The Walk Through: Personally I would say a square to be bagged when it has been walked through – i.e. you travel either North to South, East to West, North East to South West etc. – you exit a side of the square opposite the one you entered. I don’t think you have to reach or touch the centre (or perhaps you do?)!

Option 2: Visit the Square’s Key Dartefacts: Another possible way of considering a square ‘bagged’ is when you visit the ‘Key Dartefact(s)‘ of that square. This would usually be a Dartefact of particular ‘importance’. For example Square SX 74 80 (Square No. 0857) contains Bowerman’s Nose  (which is also the 365 item, J17) and so even though it’s right at the western edge of that square, as it’s the major item in that square a visit to Bowerman’s Nose would, I reckon, constitute the bagging of SX 74 80 (Square No. 0857). As we develop Square Bagging we will make clear the ‘Key Dartefact(s)’ of each square.

Option 3: Visit the Centre Point: Another ‘bagging technique’ that I think is particularly valid in the empty north moors is to visit the exact centre of the square. As mentioned already, some squares, especially around the edges of the National Park Boundary are entirely on private land and in that instance access must be sought from the landowner before visiting. Do not assume that a listed item is legally accessible. No responsibility for trespass, injury or damage to property etc. can be attributed to this project.