I went for a walk yesterday with a friend up to High Willhays – the highest point on Dartmoor. It was around a 7 mile walk and took 4 hours including a lunch stop and included a climb of about 340 metres.
We started at the car park by Meldon Reservoir and then walked along the southern boundary of the reservoir, up the West Okement River, through the ancient oak wood called Black-a-tor Copse, on to Sandy Ford, then up to Fordsland Ledge, up to High Willhays, on to Yes Tor and then back down to Meldon via Okehampton Common and Longstone Hill. It is one of my favourite walks on Dartmoor – here are a few photographs from the day.
Approaching High Willhays – the little rock on the left with the cairn on it. High Willhays is something of an optical illusion – wherever you stand and look at it on Dartmoor there always appears to be a tor which is higher than it! However it is the highest point at 621m.
High Dartmoor at its best – highly recommended