One of my favourite Dartmoor walks

This must be one of my favourite walks – starts at Meldon reservoir and then up to Yes Tor, on to High Wilhays and down to Dinger Tor, over to Lints Tor and then back to Meldon via the West Okement River through Black a tor Copse. It is around 8.5 mils and it took me 3 hours with three short stops.

Here the route via Strava

After a climb up from Meldon you get on a ridge and can see Yes Tor (right), West Mill Tor (middle) and Rowtor (left)

Part of Yes Tor

On top of Yes Tor (619m) look along the ridge to High Wilhays (621m)

High Wilhays – highest part of Dartmoor

Smoke drifting west from the big grass and gorse fire near to Watern Tor

Dinger Tor

Lints Tor

Looking down the West Okement Valley from Lints – almost looks like a Scottish Glen.

Back up to Lints with Great Knesset behind

Ancient oak amongst the clitter

Inside Black a tor Copse – magical and mystical

Black a tor Copse with Black Tor above it

Black Tor

Waterfall on the West Okement

It is a pretty straight forwards walk assuming the visibility is good but you do need waterproof boots as the West Okement section crosses numerous flushes. Obviously a map and compass job just in case … Can be walked clockwise or anti-clockwise.

Mist and mizzle at the top of Dartmoor

Yesterday I was up on high Dartmoor as part of our 10 Tors training – we had around 60 young people and a dozen adult helpers. It was the kind of day that unless you had to go out onto the moors you probably wouldn’t have. The visibility was pretty poor, there was either constant mizzle  or wind driven rain. It was a day for navigating via a compass and not using landmarks. All in all a good day for practicing various 10 Tors skills and testing your clothing and equipment.

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On Okehampton Common looking into the Red-a-ven brook

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Between West Mill Tor and Rowtor (which were invisible in the mist) back down to Anthony Stile

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Up at Dinger Tor

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At Dinger Tor – wet, windy, cold and misty

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A Cladonia lichen brightens up the day – close to High Willhays

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A pool close to High Willhays

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Ian and Tony at High Willhays, the highest point on Dartmoor (and south England) at 621 metres.

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Various teams of walkers pass through High Willhays

On the right hand side of this picture you can see a single individual on top of the Cairn – rather oddly and worryingly he appeared out of the mist wearing a pair of trainers and a non waterproof coat carrying a supermarket carrier bag and asked us which Tor he was at, stating that he didn’t have a map! We told him he was at High Willhays and he seemed very pleased to have found it. He then sat on the cairn for 30 minutes – he must have got soaked. We asked if he wanted help getting back but he said he knew the back and was fine ……. One walk away from disaster.

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Back down at Meldon Reservoir (look how low the water level is) you can see the mist and rain on the high moor

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Looking down over the dam

routeHere’s the route I took yesterday starting at the car park at Meldon reservoir – it is around 10.5 miles in length and on a day with good visibility is a great high Dartmoor walk. If you do decide to do it  – please wear good walking boots, waterproof clothing and take a map and compass …….