DPA volunteers met for the second time in the car park of the Cornwood Inn, Cornwood,  prior to setting out to Dendles – the first occasion was on 22nd November 2013. Clearance work was carried out for the conservation of old field walls and the area of the medieval farmstead buildings and associated walls at Dendles, north of Cornwood.   The features were recorded by the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England 1998 survey carried out for Dartmoor National Park.  There seems to be no links on the internet for this location, although there are some for nearby Dendles Wood, a Natural England nature reserve.

Scrub clearance inside the farmstead

Scrub clearance inside the farmstead

Thanks to Andrea, DNPA ranger, for tool transport in a DNP four-wheel drive vehicle along some very testing and narrow tracks.  At one point we guided her through a gap between a wall and the very recent remains of a wind-blown tree, where the large stump was projecting out into the track – with very few inches to spare!

Field wall looking east.

Field wall looking east.

Thanks are also due to the DNPA Ecologist and Archaeologist for permission and support.

Field wall adjacent to farmstead looking uphill.

Field wall adjacent to farmstead looking uphill.

More work will be done later in the year.

Deer in HHW upper corner

Fallow deer in High House Waste upper corner

The fallow deer above were photographed in the upper corner of High House Waste.  There were ten in the original photograph but one is cropped out to give a closer view.  You can also click on the photo to see a slightly larger version.