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Dartmoor

Dartmoor


Postby andy63 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:06 am

Hewitts included on this walk: High Willhays

Date walked: 12/06/2017

Time taken: 4.8

Distance: 17.4 km

Ascent: 624m

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This was the first part of a 3-day trip down south to finish off the Hewitts in the West Country and South Wales.

Parts of Dartmoor,including High Willhays, are used as a military training area, and on certain days are closed to the public. You can check the times on the MOD website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dartmoor-firing-programme

At least it's not as much bother as the Warcop Training Area up north- no need to apply for permit or anything.
So after checking that I wasn't likely to get blown up, I made the long drive down the motorway to Devon.
There are quicker ways than this to climb High Willhays, and I'm not sure when I'm likely to visit Dartmoor again, I decided to include a few neighboring hills, starting from Belstone.
There's a large free car park just outside the village

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Belstone car park


I walked through the village and down a minor road which becomes a path, before turning left up a faint path leading up the first hill, Belstone Tor.

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Belstone Tor


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Belstone Tor summit


I descended down the remains of the 'Irishman's Wall' and then followed a path around the edge of East Okement Farm.

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Wet river crossing


After an awkward river crossing I was soon ascending toward the next summit, East Mill Tor.

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East Mill Tor summit


From here there are good paths leading up to High Willhays, although I made a detour over rougher ground to avoid some cows.

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High Willhays ascent


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High Willhays summit


The neighboring top of Yes Tor is slightly lower but has a rockier summit.

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Yes Tor from High Willhays


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YesTor summit


Having climbed all the 2000 foot hills in southern England, I headed back down, visiting West Mill Tor and Rowtor on the way.

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West Mill Tor


I think those rocks were on West Mill Tor, but I'm not sure, having got a few weeks behind with the walk reports. Whichever tor it was, it's a nice little scramble up to the top.

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Rowtor


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