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Dartefact is the online name for me, Rob. 'Dartefacts' is the website and project where I record, share, exhibit my artwork; photography, paintings, drawings, printmaking.. All within the subject of exploring the brooding moorland landscape of Dartmooor and the many artefacts to be found there..

New Classification Page!

Have you checked out the new way to search for Dartefacts? We’ve put a lot of work into organising the classification hierarchy of items and to go with that a new Classification Page has been designed. This new page design will allow mobile phone users out on the moor even easier access to finding what’s out there!

View the new page here!

Below is an example image of the Classification page – please use the link above to see the new page!


Dartefacts is currently undergoing a number of updates and map display tests that may cause the site to not load.

Please bear with us as we attempt to improve the user experience.

Dart-moor has changed..

Dart-Moor has changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. For much that once was is lost. Though many who Wild Camp remember it. It began with the great defeat of Friday the Thirteenth. And thus Dart-Moor passed from the realms of all and was gifted by Judge Flaux to a race of wealthy, greedy men, who above all else desired power. For within the greed of Selfish Lord Darwall and his lackey the Snivelling Howell, was bound the strength and will to govern each recreational pursuit.

But they were both of them deceived for another decision was made. In the land of freedom, in the fires of anger and pain, the Wild Campers, the Ramblers, the Star Watchers, the Wild Swimmers and many other parties of Great Outdoor Recreation forged in secret their army to join together all others and fall into this struggle. They scorned Selfish Lord Darwall’s malice, and his Sense of Wealthy Entitlement to dominate all Dart-Moor’s Recreational Activities and they forged an alliance to defeat the rule of the Landowners all.

One by one the free lands of Dart-Moor fell to the power of the Landowners. But there were some who resisted. A last alliance of Wild Campers marched against the Private Security Trolls of Selfish Lord Darwall and on the slopes of Stall-Moor they fought for the freedom of Dart-Moor. Victory was near but the power of the Short-sighted Judiciary could not be undone. It was in this moment when all hope had faded that a Wild Camper (Wild? She was Livid!), Daughter of the Moor, took up her Human Rights and Selfish Lord Darwall and the Snivelling Howell, the enemies of the free recreational peoples of Dart-Moor, was defeated.

(With apologies to Tolkien and special thanks to Sam Goodwin for inspiration).


Enshrine in law rights to roam and wild camp in national parks:

Friday 13th Jan 2023: R.I.P. Dartmoor Wild Camping

Wealthy landowner Alexander Darwall wins case against national park after arguing right to pitch tent on moors did not exist.

The High Court declared on 13 January 2023 that that Section 10(1) of the Dartmoor Commons Act 1985 does not confer on the public any right to pitch tents or otherwise make camp overnight on the Dartmoor Commons.

Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) encourages anyone who is planning to wild camp to seek the consent of the landowner.

DNPA is not allowed to share contact details of individual landowners on Dartmoor.

I can see this working..

Guardian Newspaper article below:

I may write something here but in the meantime I provide the above link to the Guardian Newspaper article regarding the ban of wild camping on Dartmoor.

Many thanks to Rob Bullen for allowing Dartefacts to publish his illustration.