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Welcome to dartmoorletterboxing.org!

The community site for letterboxing on Dartmoor



What is letterboxing?


Letterboxing is an outdoor pursuit with similarities to orienteering.

A small pot (the letterbox) containing a stamp and visitors' book is hidden on the moor, and a clue is written to lead others to its position. Clues may be as simple as a map reference and list of compass bearings, or may be more cryptic.

When a letterbox is found, the letterboxer takes a copy of the stamp, as well as leaving their own personal print in the visitors' book.

Letterboxing began on Dartmoor, with the first box placed by James Perrott in 1854 at Cranmere pool. It is now popular in areas all over the world and is credited with being the inspiration for Geocaching.

Letterboxing meet


Twice a year, on the "Clock change weekends" in March and October, a meet is held at Lee Moor Village Hall (PL7 5JA). This is an opportunity to meet other letterboxers, buy charity walk guides (a clue sheet and usually grid references to a series of letterboxes, sold in aid of charity) have a cup of tea and see what's new in the hobby.

 

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