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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.


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

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.

Belstone Tor



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.



Wet river crossing

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

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.

High Willhays ascent

High Willhays summit

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

Yes Tor from High Willhays

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.


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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