1. Swincombe 43rd Anniversary

      43rd anniversary of the saving of the Swincombe valley Today is the 43rd anniversary of the saving of the Swincombe valley from what would have been a disastrous reservoir scheme. Opposition to the scheme was led by the DPA and objectors included Devon County Council and the Duchy of Cornwall. The Bill to bring about…

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    2. The DPA & High House Waste

      The DPA has owned High House Waste (HHM) since 1968. In 1959 High House Waste, and Dendles Moor to the east, were acquired by a forestry company with plans for planting conifers.  Forestry was not under planning control at that time and despite a campaign against afforestation, planting on Dendles Moor commenced in 1960 and the…

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    3. The Sharpitor Story

      The Sharpitor story for the DPA began during the last war, when an RAF station with a wooden-lattice mast was erected on the adjoining Peek Hill. As it was wartime there was no public inquiry: this was apparently a national defence requirement. In 1955 the Air Ministry sought planning approval to rebuild and enlarge the…

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    4. Sharpitor Summit

      Location: near Burrator, to the west of the moor. Close to Princetown-Yelverton road, B3212. Grid reference SX 559704. Area: 12.41 hectares (30 acres). Access: There is easy access from the B3212 and from Burrator and the neighbouring area. Description: The land is unfenced open moorland, and includes the summit of Sharpitor and surrounding area (a…

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    5. Swincombe

      Location: South east of Princetown, near the junction of the Rivers Swincombe and Brake, north-east of Fox Tor Mire and north of Childe’s Tomb. Grid reference SX 624711. Area 19.35 ha (50 acres). Description: The land is unfenced open moorland, within the South Dartmoor SSSI. It includes the land where the Swincombe and Strane rivers…

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    6. High House Waste

      Mediaeval building at High House Waste. Description: The land is bordered by streams on the east and west – Broadall Lake and the Ford Brook. High House Waste is within both the South Dartmoor and Dendles Wood Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Most of the site is grass moor or heath; there is an area…

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