Wayside Crosses

These are the most accessible of the Dartmoor crosses and, without exaggeration, almost all of these can be visited without leaving your car! Standing at the wayside, these crosses marked routes across Dartmoor, linking settlements and roads alike. The majority of Wayside Crosses are located on East and West Dartmoor, where there is the greatest concentration of lanes. Some are tall, such as Huckworthy Common, whereas others, like Headlands Farm, are little and dilapidated. On Dartefacts, a 'Wayside Cross' is defined as any cross residing adjacent to a road but outside of any settlement. These can be situated on remote narrow lanes where the art of reversing for oncoming vehicles must be perfected! 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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