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.

Exploring Around Burrator – Updated Edition by Paul Rendell

Exploring Around Burrator – A Dartmoor Reservoir – Updated Edition was published on 2nd April 2023 at the Burrator Discovery Centre. There is also an exhibition at the centre to mark 125 years since the reservoir was completed.

This book was originally published in 2007, but since then a lot more information about the area has come to light, including more about the people who once lived in the farms that are now left abandoned and in ruins. All of the information you could ever want to learn can be found within this updated, expanded and beautifully illustrated reprint.

Click this Link to visit the Dartmoor News website (where ‘Exploring Around Burrator’ can be purchased).

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: