A high speed railway line could destroy prehistoric heritage sites, campaigners have warned.
Environmental campaigner Paul Dainton has battled plans to turn the former Newland Hall site, in Altofts, Wakefield, into a waste tip for about 30 years.
And he said the HS2 route, announced last week, would cut right through the site, which was once a medieval priory used by the Knights Hospitallers, a Christian military order.
He said the prehistoric Altofts henge site was also at risk.
Mr Dainton, of Residents Against Toxic Scheme (RATS), said: “We’ve put years of effort and thousands of pounds into protecting this area, and now out of nowhere we’ve got a railway line coming through that will be horrific for the landscape and destroy greenbelt land.
“It’s also one of the most walked areas in Wakefield, and the nearby wetlands are a haven for wildlife. The henge could be anything from a grave mound to a Roman fortification.
“The fact the line would cut right through the area is just unbelievable. I’ve literally devoted most of my life to this area, so it’s a devastating proposal.”
The £33bn HS2 would allow passengers to travel from Leeds to London in 80 minutes.