What is a “Dartefact”?
A ‘Dartefact’ or ‘Dartmoor Artefact’ can be defined as; ‘an object, site or feature found on Dartmoor, typically of cultural, historical or geological interest’.
Dartefacts are hard to find – not just because they can be small, barely inscribed rocks hidden under prickly gorse but because the information as to their whereabouts is spread throughout a vast collection of various books, magazine articles and tricky to locate online sources and blogs. Dartmoor is rich in these ‘points of interest’ and the Dartefacts Project seeks to efficiently communicate and share this aspect of the moorland. Once you have found a dartefact (and if you have Registered on this website) then you can also ‘tick off’ your find here.
This is an ongoing historical research/ art project. Many items require their locations to be ‘guesstimated’. Therefore some items might not be in exactly the right places on the maps – you use Dartefacts at your peril! Only items provided with a height (in metres) have been ‘physically’ visited and their coordinates accurately ‘fixed’ by GPS. Some items may no longer exist – but are recorded anyway as it is curious to know that they were once there – and they may yet turn up.
Many of the items listed on this website, 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.
Military Training involving Live Firing takes place on Dartmoor and it is up to the individual to find out if their walk enters any of the military firing ranges and whether firing is taking place.
No responsibility for trespass, injury or damage to property or persons etc. can be attributed to this project.
If you would like to help please email a grid reference and description of any interesting items found on Dartmoor via the Contact page:
Reporting errors or providing suggestions for improvement will always be appreciated.
Mobile Phone users are recommended to view Dartefacts in Landscape.
Registering on this website:
In order to use the full features available on this site you will need to become a Registered User.
To Register please click on the green ‘Login/Register‘ Button on the top right of this page. Once Registered you can use this button to Login next time.
Registration is free. An email address is required but is used for verification purposes only and will not be displayed on the site or shared with another party. Your personal name and details will not be required.
You will need to decide on a ‘username’ and this will be visible to anyone visiting this site – so if you do not wish your real name to be visible then ensure you invent a suitably ambiguous username! i.e. mine is ‘dartefact‘.
Please ensure that your username just contains letters and/or numbers. Do not use any symbols such as ‘@’ or ‘!’ etc. as they cause an issue with the WordPress User Name plug-in I use. After you have Registered a short period of time will elapse before you get a confirmation email – this is because I have to look at and check all applications to assess whether they are from real people or internet ‘Robots’! I usually check daily so you shouldn’t have to wait too long.
As a Registered User you will be able to view the full ten-figure Ordnance Survey Grid References and tick-off Dartefacts, Squares and Dartmoor 365 items as you visit them.
How do I find Dartefacts?
There are two main ways ‘into’ Dartefacts, either use the ‘Top Menu Bar’ (which is available at the top of every page):
or use the Home Page “Boxes”:
Use the ‘Find Dartefacts‘ Box on the Home Page by selecting either ‘By Grid Square‘ or ‘By Classification‘.
These two choices can also be accessed by selecting ‘Square‘ or ‘Class’ on the Top Menu Bar:
If you choose ‘By Grid Square‘ (or ‘Square’ on Top Menu Bar) you will be presented with a zoomable map of Dartmoor showing all 1044 Ordnance Survey 1km Squares within the National Park Boundary. Select a square of interest (i.e. click one of the little magenta squares: ). This will give you a ‘pop-up’ showing that Square’s number and Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference (NGR). If you click the underlined green text inside the pop-up you will be taken to that Square’s Page to view all the Dartefacts nearby.
If you choose ‘By Classification‘, in the ‘Find Dartefacts’ Home Page Box (or ‘Class‘ on Top Menu Bar), you will be taken to the ‘By Classification‘ Page (see below). Page uses special ‘icons’ to classify Dartefacts:
I call these icons ‘Darticons‘ and they are used throughout the site to help with identification.
For example, the ‘Darticon‘ for ‘Stone Crosses‘ is: and if you click on thisDarticon on the ‘By Classification’ page you will be shown a map of the locations of ALL of the Stone Crosses on Dartmoor. Darticons are only clickable like this on the ‘By Classification’ page.
Once you have selected either a Square or a Darticon you will be taken to a page where if you scroll down you will see a map. The maps on Dartefacts use very small icons (I call them ‘Mapicons‘) to easily identify different dartefacts. You have already met the Square Mapicon () but there are many other ‘Dartefact Mapicons’.
The ‘Dartefact Mapicon‘ for Stone Crosses is: and in the example below it is used to locate ‘Laughter Tor Cross’. If you click on a Mapicon you get a pop-up:
If you click on the green text inside a pop-up you will be taken to that item’s page and its Mapicon is replaced by a large magenta square on the new map: . This ‘location point’ can be very useful in relocating yourself back to your selected item if you start scrolling around the map:
At the bottom of all maps (except for mobile phone users) is a ‘Key‘ that shows and names all Mapicons used on the Dartefacts Maps:
Note: The Key does not display below the map on mobile phones as it just creates a ridiculously long list.
Below the Key is the ‘Nearby Dartefacts and Squares:‘ Tabs List. This provides a list of items within a 5km distance from the currently selected item. Classification pages show every item in that classification, but do not show squares (for clarity). The ‘Tabs’ provide brief item information. If you are not logged in then these tabs are displayed as simple grey boxes. Log in and they outline with either a red dashed line (you have not ‘ticked it off’) or a solid green line (you have previously visited and ‘ticked it off’). If using a PC then hovering over a tab will ‘light it up’ to indicate that it can be selected to be viewed.
Extra “Dartefacting” Data Lists:
- Dartefact Tick List: A useful list for ticking off Dartefacts without having to go to every item page.
- Top Dartefacts: The most visited Dartefacts (according to the website data).
- Top Dartefacters: Registered Users listed in order of the number of Dartefacts they have ‘bagged’.
Dartmoor Square Bagging:
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.
Dartmoor Square Bagging is the activity of visiting every one of the 1044 Ordnance Survey ‘SX’ 1km Squares that sit within the National Park Boundary. These squares can be ‘ticked-off’ on this website, just like dartefacts.
How you ‘bag’ a square is left entirely up to you!
To start ‘Square Bagging’ from the Home Page either select ‘By Grid Square’ in the ‘Find Dartefacts’ Box or ‘Square’ in the Top Menu Bar:
Extra “Square Bagging” Data Lists and Information:
|All Squares and their Key Dartefacts (List)||Square Bagging (Tick List)||Top Square Bagging Squares||Top Square Baggers|
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 of Simon Battersby Consulting Ltd for all his hard work in realising the ‘Square Bagging’ idea. If you need a website I can thoroughly recommend Simon.
DarteWalks are routes that use the dartefact items as ‘waypoints’. Routes are chosen to be ‘DarteWalks’ if they follow a ‘theme’ (such as the famous 1240 Perambulation) or I consider them to be the best routes in an area. I call them ‘walks’ but all could be used for running and some as multi-day, wild camping expeditions.
The DarteWalks page can be quickly accessed by selecting ‘DarteWalks‘ item on the ‘Top Menu Bar‘:
The DarteWalks page consists of information about walking grades and a link to the ‘Walk Themes Page’.
Below this is the DarteWalks map. This map just shows the car parks where walks are available (as little Mapicon Symbols: ) – and is a great way to start planning a walk.
Below the map the walks are displayed as Tabs, using colour-graded traffic-light system (i.e. Green = Easy, Amber = Moderate and Red = Strenuous). The same ‘traffic-light’ system is used by the DarteWalk Walking Grade Darticons:
Legal: Although these walks attempt to highlight ‘Potential Points of Difficulty’ and provide a ‘walking grade’, as with any purchased walking guidebook it is the responsibility of the individual to judge and ascertain the safety and suitability of any walk attempted.
The walks are listed next to their car park starting point in Ordnance Survey ‘SX’ map order (i.e. SX56). All DarteWalks start from a car park and if a Car Park has the DarteWalk Darticon that means it has one or more routes listed that start from there. Of course you don’t have to use a car, many walkers use the local bus service and you can easily adapt DarteWalks to start from a different location.
There is also a ‘Filter‘ hidden just above the Tabs (“Filter Walks”) to aid route selection where you can view walks by grade, distance, ascent or whether they are within the Military Firing Ranges:
Just click the green triangle to open up this menu and enter tick-heaven.
Legal: It is the responsibility of the individual to check whether their walk enters the military firing ranges and whether firing is taking place there.
If a Dartefact has the Dartwalk Darticon it means it can be visited as a DarteWalk ‘waypoint’. DarteWalk links are available on all Dartefact Pages that are used as walk waypoints.
If a Dartefact has the DarteWalk Darticon it means that a DarteWalk ‘visits’ that item. All DarteWalks visit at least one Dartmoor 365 item.
I have only written a few DarteWalks to completion so far as it is a very time-consuming task. If I ever retire my ambition is to ‘finish’ this aspect of the project!
What is “Dartmoor 365”?
The book ‘Dartmoor 365’, written by John Hayward (1991) divides Dartmoor National Park into 365 square miles and every page contains one of these squares with information about what may be found there.
The easiest way to start ‘Dartmoor 365ing‘ on Dartefacts is to select ‘365Map‘ on the Top Menu Bar. This will show you the locations of all the Dartmoor 365 items:
Extra “Dartmoor 365” Data Lists and Information:
- 365 Tick-List (in code order)
- 365 Tick-List (in name order)
- Top 365 Squares: The most visited ‘Dartmoor 365’ Squares – (according to the website data).
- Top 365 Dartefacters: Registered Users listed in order of the number of 365 Squares they have ‘bagged’.
- Facebook: Dartmoor 365 Group: A Facebook group,set up and run by Anthony Francis-Jones, where Dartmoor Explorers share photos, stories and information about their Dartmoor 365 adventures. The rule is: ‘Always type the square(s) visited at the beginning of every Post’.
Please Note: The indication by this website that a Dartefact is also a ‘Dartmoor 365’ item is to assist the book user. To ‘play the game properly’ you will still need to know what is listed on each page of the book. The Dartefacts website does not publish this copyright information.
“Power User” Tips:
Once you have selected a Classification or an individual Dartefact item you can use the ‘Breadcrumbs’ to select a previous ‘higher level’ of Classification. In the example above, clicking on ‘Abandoned Granite’ would list a very large collection of all the pieces of granite that have been ‘worked’ and then abandoned on the moors.
- Search Box (far right of Menu Bar)
Click on the text ‘Search by name/grid square’ to open up the ‘Search … ‘ text box. Type in the name of an item, or a classification or anything and the site will search the entire database for those ‘keywords’. 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 between the x and the numbers – it must be sx66 or SX66.
- Resources Page
Every person and website that has helped contribute towards the Dartefacts database is acknowledged on the Resources Page. I have used a considerable number of books in compiling Dartefacts and I have yet to list all of them.
Please note that as Dartefacts is an ongoing/ live project it may be that Dartefacts/ items are added, altered or deleted etc. as the site continues to be developed and improved. This may have an impact on the items you have ticked off. Hopefully this will be kept to a minimum but your understanding of the nature of this constantly evolving project is appreciated. The “Dartmoor 365” Dartefacts should not be affected by these changes – they are sacrosanct!
Simon Battersby Consulting Ltd: Simon is a Professional Website Designer who developed the Dartefacts site for me.
After several failed attempts of my own trying to create a ‘Dartefacts’ website I finally decided I was a walker and not a website developer. So I employed the services of a Professional.
Peter and Karin Brooks: Peter and Karin have joined the Dartefacts Team and have provided a considerable amount of photography and data to the site. Additionally they have helped enormously in developing the site and providing great feedback on how to improve the ‘user experience’. Dartmoor Square Bagging was their brilliant idea and it has now become a central part of ‘navigating’ the Dartefacts Dartmoor Maps.