Welcome to the original Dartmoor Letterboxing Site

The community site for letterboxing, hosted on Dartmoor

What is Letterboxing?

Cranmere Pool – the original letterbox

Letterboxing is an outdoor pursuit with similarities to orienteering or the more modern, Geocaching.

A small pot or box (the letterbox) containing a stamp (often unique and hand carved) 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 involving thought or research to solve.

When a letterbox is found, the letterboxer takes a impression of the stamp, as well as leaving their own personal print in the visitors’ book, along with a message if they like.

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.

The forum has many years of content from other letterboxes and is an actively maintained source of information.

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