This competition for new sundial trails is promoted
jointly by Internetworks Ltd, the webmasters of www.sundials.co.uk
and the British Sundial Society. The closing date was 31st January
2011, and two prizes, of £250 and £100 were offered
for the best entries submitted. For details of the 2010 competition,
please click here
3 sundial trails were submitted for this competition, and our
judges were impressed with the quality of the trails submitted.
The winning trails were:
The other submitted trail was of great interest but technically
not quite to the same high standard
Many thanks to these contributors who have worked hard to produce
some very interesting new sundial trails
Would you like to submit an entry next year?
You willl find
that sundial trails are fun to do, and you can get some useful experience
by following one of the 50 trails we have so far - all over the
world. Click here
for the entry regulations
Click here for a full list of all our
sundial trails worldwide
READ THE COMMENTS
OF TWO OF OUR PREVIOUS ENTRANTS!
"I had a lot of fun pulling the information together and hope
it will be useful to sundial hunters visiting the area."
"I thoroughly enjoyed producing this trail of sundials, and,
even if it does not win the competition, it has been well
worth doing from my point of view. It has really grabbed my
interest and I am now thinking of producing sine other sundial
trails in Scotland. ...... So thank you very much for the
idea of a competition in the first place. v It was that that
has kicked me into action after several years just thinking
Notes on writing sundial trails and entry requirements
The criteria used by the judges are:
These notes are divided into mandatory requirements and suggestions
you may find useful.
- That the trails should include some interesting sundials
- That there should be clear description of how to find the start
point, and then how to get from one sundial to another
- And that the text should encourage anyone (whether interested
in sundials or not) to spend a half-day or more doing the trail.
- You must submit your sundial trail by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
before noon GMT on 31st January 2011.
- The entry must be in the form of a document in Microsoft Word,
a document in a .txt file, an HTML document, or a pdf document
- Word or text files must indicate where pictures are
to be inserted (e.g. picture 1 here). The picture itself may also
be inserted in a Word file if you wish. We will recast Word and
txt files as HTML documents which you can inspect and comment
on before they become publicly available.
- Documents in HTML will be topped and tailed to incorporate
the house style of sundials.co.uk
- A pdf document must incorporate a header and footer
to make it clear that it belongs to the sundial trail family.
If you intend to submit a document in this formation, you must
notify us before 10 January 2011, and we will send you the necessary
images to incorporate in your entry
- Except for entries to be submitted in pdf format, pictures
must be in jpg format, and numbered consecutively with a title
reflecting the name of the trail (e.g. nottingham01.jpg etc).
Images should if possible be resized to 350 pixels wide (please
ask if you need help doing this)
- Sundial trails must be complete in themselves. (I.e. They must
not require reference to any other web page to convey the basic
requirements of the trail) They may have links to other pages
for such matters as maps, opening hours, additional information
on the dials or places visited, and in the acknowledgment to the
- By submitting a trail, the author gives unlimited permission
for www.sundials.co.uk to use the text and pictures in its web
pages, subject to due acknowledgment to the author and to their
copyright of the material
- Sundials must be accessible to visitors, though not necessarily
at all times. For example, they may be accessible only during
the opening hours of a museum, park, or other facility. If there
is a charge for access, this should be stated (e.g. adult tickets
£4 in 2010)
- Sundials, which can be easily vandalised or stolen, must not
be included in sundial trails. (This applies, particularly and
unfortunately, to horizontal sundials of historic interest.
- The prizes will be allocated by the judges in their absolute
discretion. One or both of the prizes may be withheld if the entries
do not attain a sufficient standard. The prizewinners will be
notified as early as possible after the closing date, and their
names posted on www.sundials.co.uk. No correspondence will be
- Entries may be in any language, preferably in the language
of the country where the trail is located. Entries in languages
other than English should have an English translation. Both will
be posted on www.sundials.co.uk
There is no standard format for sundial trails. Each one reflects
the individuality of the author. We have no wish to diminish this
in any way. We hope that these hints will make it easier for you to
produce a really good sundial trail.
- Research your trail. If you live in the UK, the British Sundial
Society register gives lists of all the sundials we know about,
divided by county. (If you are not yet a member, it is worth joining,
see www.sundialsoc.org.uk) If you are looking to do a trail elsewhere,
there are some early trails in France and in England listed /here/
which are so far from current standards that a revision would
be accepted as a valid entry in the competition.
- It is best not to have too few or too many sundials in a trail.
Normally, between 4 and 12 is a good number. Depending on mode
of travel and distance, these can usually be covered within a
day. But some places, such as Tasmania, do not have as many as
4 dials, but it is still worth having a sundial trail for it,
particularly since one of the dials is very unusual. If there
are more than 12 dials on a trail, it is usually best to pick
the best, and to refer very briefly to the others (e.g.. There
is also a badly weathered vertical dial nearby on the church porch
- Choose a sunny day and visit all of your sundials in order,
taking several pictures of each, so that you can choose the best
one. Also make careful notes of your route (street names, conspicuous
buildings, road numbers, etc) as you go.
- Your text will be easier to follow if your descriptions of
the sundials and places are separate from the route information.
(Some people italicise the route information, which seems to work
- You do not have to include a map, though it may make your trail
easier to follow if you do. If you have a map, the position of
each of the sundials and any street names mentioned in the directions
should be included in it. Also, it is best to number the sundials
on the map and in the text, so that everything is absolutely clear.
- It is helpful to some readers to include some geographical
information. Dials in the UK can have their Sundial Register numbers,
National Grid references, and/or at and long details included.
If you have a Santa, you may be able to save a track file for
your sundial trail. If you are conversant with Gaggle Maps, you
can create a track there and put the BURL address of the track
in your trail. Another possibility is to create a waypoint for
each sundial on http://www.waypoint.org/. This is a fast developing
field; these aids to finding the sundials in your trail are not
essential, but can make it easier for people following your trail
Contestants may find useful these notes written by the judges in a
The judges were impressed with the quality of all the entries
in our competition for the year 2000; this did not make the judging
We based our judgements on how useful we felt the trails would be
to people planning an itinerary in that locality, and in particular:
why are the dials interesting? how clear are the directions? how confident
will I be that I can find all the dials? how long will it take
We did not take into account the number of dials, since a trail with
3 interesting dials in a locality which has no more may be quite as
interesting as a trail with many more dials. And we did not take into
account the number of illustrations, since good, clear, interesting
trails can be produced with them.
Based on these criteria our judges unanimously considered the Guernsey
sundial trail to be the winner.
One of our judges wrote
"A clear winner is the Guernsey trail. It gives a good overview, the
total distance to be travelled, and practical advice for methods of
transport and the time to be allocated. The locations for the dials
are specified in no less than three 'notations' - a local map, the
Guernsey grid, and lat/long to a precision that allows for a portable
GPS receiver. In addition, the road directions are clear and unambiguous.
17 dials and most illustrated."
The other sundial trails were also rated very highly by the judges.
The enthusiasm of the Finistere trail was infectious, and we enjoyed
the insight into the sundials of Malta. The Cotswold trail would clearly
make an interesting day out, and the Hampshire trail was particularly
easy to find one's way around. So all of these were highly commended.
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