High Peak

What will I see?

There are remains of ramparts and ditches still visible on site. The recent excavations have confirmed the dating of High Peak, with occupation in two discrete unrelated time frames – the Neolithic (prehistoric period -  4000-2000 BC) and Dark Age (early historic period following the end of the Roman Empire –  6th century AD).

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How do I get there?

High Peak is best approached along the South West Coast Path. Park at Peak Hill car park ( SY 119 873), cross the road and  walk out to the cliff edge where you will join the coast path . There are superb views of High Peak from here. Follow the route of the coast path for approximately a mile after which you will enter a wood. A permissive path branches off to the left which will take you up a steep incline to the top of the hill. Alternatively catch the 157 bus to Otterton and join the coast path at Ladram Bay before ascending High Peak.

Can I find out more?

There are two interpretation boards, one on the cliff top at Peak Hill and the other on High Peak itself, telling you all about the site.

- High Peak from Peak Hill interpretation board

- High Peak interpretation board ( 4mb )

- A background to the history and archaeology of High Peak based upon project design for the excavation.

- AC Archaeology Excavation report 2012 ( link to pdf  not yet available )

- Oil painting of 2012 excavation by Sandy McFadyen in tribute to POH

- Mutters Moor and Peak Hill walk

- South West Coast Path - recommended route

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