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Quickest way to High Willhays

Quickest way to High Willhays


Postby thepigguy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:40 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: High Willhays

Date walked: 10/09/2020

Time taken: 3

Distance: 9.09 km

Ascent: 300m

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The most interesting routes to the highest point in southern England are probably from the east or the west, but a decent, short walk can be had, starting near Okehampton camp.

I got to the end of the public road by the camp and carried on, taking a right turn at the cattle grid onto the moor. You can go as far as Rowtor by car on tarmac, but I parked up after a couple of hundred yards and set off up the road.

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Looking uphill from near the start.


The road turns into a rough track after the parking spot by Rowtor, splashing through a ford and then up to a point between High Willhays and Yes Tor.

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The track uphill

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Looking towards High Willhays from the end of the track


It's an easy walk over to High Willhays and the ciarn that marks the high point. The views of the moor from here are excellent and better still from the small tor just to the south.

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Approaching the top of High Willhays

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Looking south into the heart of Dartmoor

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From the cairn on High Willhays, looking towards Yes Tor


I headed over to Yes Tor in the late afternoon sunshine, clambering up on to the top, stiopping at the trig point for tea and a biscuit before heading down, cutting across West Mill Tor for a little added interest.

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The summit of Yes Tor, looking towards High Willhays

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Ponies crossing the moor

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Looking back to Yes Tor
Last edited by thepigguy on Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:02 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Quickest way to High Willhays

Postby Alteknacker » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:19 pm

Don't know it, but it looks like a fine summit :D
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Re: Quickest way to High Willhays

Postby trailmasher » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:35 pm

Was there a couple or three years ago and it's fine walking ground with great views and plenty of rocky outcrops for interest.
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