Hints and Tips!

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This page is in constant development as the site improves.

Searching Tips

 

Benefits of being a Registered User/ ‘Dartefacter’!

The Dartefacts Tab Format (scroll down to below the map box on an individual or search page) displays all the Dartefacts either within a selected classification or ‘nearby’ to the currently selected Dartefact. If you are not logged in then these are displayed as simple grey boxes. Log in and they display with either a red-dashed line outline (not visited) or a green-solid line outline (visited!). Also, if using a PC then hovering over a tab will ‘light it up’ to indicate it can be selected to be viewed.


HOME PAGE TIPS

 

Menu Bar Classification Searches (drop down menus)

Use the Menu Bar (above) to ‘drill down’ to the Classification you require. i.e. Dartefacts > Prehistoric Sites > Cists

There is an issue that the drop down menus are quite lengthy and it can be a pain if you run out of screen or lose a selection sequence! If you are finding this to be the case then there are two options. The first option would be to scroll-out using ctrl+mouse scroll button to zoom out and view more of the page. The second option is to use the two options available in the ‘Dartefacts Map’ Box on the Home Page. These are; ‘View Map Options’ and ‘View Classification Options’.

View Map Options: SX Ordnance Survey Map Grid Views

Unfortunately this option is not available as a ‘drop down menu’ (limitation of WordPress Searching!)

You can select to view 100, 400, 900 or the full 2500 km² areas of Dartmoor. However, the larger the area selected, the more Dartefacts, the slower the experience!

View Classification Options

Essentially the same as the Menu Bar explained above except those Classification selections are offered here on a sequence of pages. Can be useful if the Menu Bar drop downs are too long for your screen etc.

 

Breadcrumbs

Once you have selected a Classification or an individual Dartefact item you can use the ‘Breadcrumbs’ above to select a previous ‘higher level’ of Classification.

Search Box (far right of Menu Bar)

Type in the name of an item, or a classification or anything and the site will search the entire database of listed Dartefacts for those ‘key words’. You can also use the search box to view specific areas, such as typing sx66 will show all Dartefacts within the SX 66 area. Be sure to not leave a space – it must be sx66 or SX66 format.

Dartefact Classification Items below Map

Below the map of every Classification are listed ‘tabs’ of all the Dartefacts that are gathered into that Classification. These can be clicked to go to that item.

Nearby Dartefacts

Below the map of each Dartefact individual item, classification, search or walk page is a tab format list of Dartefacts to be found nearby, within the grid square of the currently selected Dartefact and the grid squares that immediately surround it – roughly all Dartefacts 1-3km away from the currently selected Dartefact. This tab list provides the Dartefact name, its height above sea level in metres (if it has been GPS verified), its Darticon classification and an image (if it has been visited). If a tab is listed under a selected Dartefact then its compass direction, bearing and distance (in km to 3 decimal places) is also shown. 3 d.p. was selected as it indicates the distance in metres, which can be especially useful for close-by items. For example 2.325km would be 2 km and 325 m away.


Walking Routes

Every Route provides a series of Dartefacts to visit and a brief description of a possible route. However, the route choice you make to ‘collect’ these items is entirely up to you. The waypoints selected for a route are often only a few of the many possible Dartefacts nearby and you may want to search for more by taking a look at the SX Squares the walk visits: SX View Map Options Page.

DarteRoutes are all graded for level of difficulty, distance and ascent and a tick-box system is provided to help sort or select your next Dartefacts walk!

There is also an option to exclude walks within the military firing ranges should there be firing in any of those areas on the day of your planned walk.

Walks are listed by their Ordnance Survey SX grid square location, then by their Car Park/ Start Point location name and then by order of difficulty. A ‘traffic light’ system is used to visually assist route choice. Green = Easy, Orange = Moderate and Red = Strenuous. These ‘difficulty’ grades are very subjective (especially as the walk descriptions are deliberately vague to encourage map reading and orienteering) but try take into account distance, ascent, challenging terrain (i.e. sustained walking across tussocky moorland, marsh, stepping stones, clitter and river crossings etc.) and additional equipment required (such as camping gear for the long distance walks).  Some walk descriptions may further clarify a walk grade. Again it is up to the walker or group leader to use this information and apply it sensibly to the prevailing weather conditions and other pertinent factors such as group fitness and experience etc.

Car Parks/ Walk Start Points can also be selected via the ‘P’ map pop-ups and as the Blue Tab items, also listed with a ‘P’.

Reference and Acknowledgements: A number of books and online sources were used to compile these walks. Where appropriate an acknowledgement is made on each DarteWalk page. Please also refer to the Dartefacts Links and Acknowledgements page for a full reference bibliography.