Moorland Crosses

The lonely crosses of Dartmoor often loom out of the mist to provide a welcome navigation reference point. Many of them were set up as route markers to guide travellers, such as the Monk's Path which encompasses a number of fine crosses between Burrator Reservoir and Combestone Tor. This can clearly be seen on the map below as a long line of crosses. On Dartefacts, a 'Moorland Cross' is defined as any cross residing within open moorland away from roads and settlements. They can be imposing, broken, incised or recumbent. The Dartefacts team have compiled the list of crosses on this site primarily from the following references:

  • Bearne, G. and Daniel, M. (2000 onwards): Dartmoor Crosses - An amazing website devoted to the crosses of Dartmoor, with a wealth of information about each one.
  • Crossing, W. (1902): The Ancient Stone Crosses of Dartmoor and its Borderland. James, G. Commin, Exeter.
  • Harrison, B. (2001): Dartmoor Stone Crosses. Devon Books.
  • Sandles, T. (1997): A Pilgrimage to Dartmoor Crosses. Forest Publishing.
  • Starkey, F.H. (1983, revised 1989): Dartmoor Crosses: And Some Ancient Tracks. A. Wheaton & Co. Ltd., Exeter.
  • Ormerod, G.W. (1874): London Evening Standard Newspaper: Wayside Crosses in the District Bordering the East of Dartmoor.

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