Ascent of High Willhays on 2018-06-23

Climber: James Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:High Willhays
    Elevation:2037 ft / 620 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Meldon Reservoir where there is a pay and display car park. Then over the dam and straight ahead there is an informal path that leads directly upwards. After 100m of ascent I intersected a track and followed it up and around Longstone Hill until the 430m contour line where I broke off to the east and made my way up rough grassy ground. I passed by the warning posts which indicated that no army activity was occurring today and then up more steeply towards Yes Tor.

Yes Tor is festooned with a trig and communications equipment. But it is a great viewpoint over the undulating Dartmoor plateau and also to the north.

Tracks lead south towards High Willhays over a broad shallow col, weave around some tors and then lead to the highest tor with its cairn. The views are not quite as good here but there is a greater sense of space. As the ground was tinder dry I then headed straight down northwest to pick up the track again a little to the north of Black Tor. The return route took me via the cairn on Longstone Hill and back the way I had come.

A nice short outing covering the high point of Devon and Dartmoor National Park following my ascent of the high point of Cornwall earlier in the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:85 ft / 25 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:85 ft / 25 m
    Start Trailhead:1952 ft / 594 m
Descent Statistics

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