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 of upland oakwood and two areas of valley mire on the east-facing slope. There is a ten-year management plan and a grazing tenant. There are two Scheduled Ancient Monuments. The northern newtake wall follows the line of a Bronze Age reave. There is a prehistoric settlement in the north-east corner and remains of a possibly medieval farmstead with approach tracks in the centre of the site. Although we have seen Dartford Warblers here in the past few years, there have been no recent sightings. The species has extended its range greatly in recent years and the pairs that are appearing in gorse habitat on Dartmoor are just part of this extension.
Location: on the south-west of the moor, near Cornwood. Grid reference SX610625. Area 57 hectares (142 acres). Access: There are gates in both the north and west walls, as well as into the woodland to the east.