The DPA owns four pieces of land on Dartmoor. All were bought to preserve their special qualities. There are two areas of open moor (Sharpitor and Swincombe), one enclosed area of moorland and woodland (High House Waste) and one enclosed area of hay meadows (Pudsham).

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.

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.


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 rough pentangle). There are five DPA boundary stones – one at each corner – as well as several lengths of reave and hut circles.


In spring 2016, the DPA completed its purchase of a small area of land on Dartmoor, the first new purchase for over 30 years. The land had been owned for about 20 years by Elizabeth Proctor and managed under an agreement with Dartmoor National Park Authority because of its importance as a traditional hay meadow. The DPA bought it, with the help of a generous legacy, to ensure its continued conservation.