High Willhays

Tor Information
Name: High Willhays Grid Reference: SX580891
Height: 621 m / 2037 ft    
Notes: The highest point south of the Brecon Beacons in the UK. The views from up here are just amazing on a good day with a clear 30-40 mile view into Cornwall and North Devon. You can also see all the way down to Great Mis Tor to the south. Well worth the effort to reach the summit.
High Willhays
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Parking You can park on the military track next to Rowtor (SX 59655 91901). Access to this spot is restricted during live firing times on Okehampton Range (see below)
  Military Ranges
Warning High Willhays sits inside or close to a military range. Please check the firing times for OKEHAMPTON RANGE at the Dartmoor Training Area Website before visiting this tor.
Bog Bog
  Bog between the summit and the Boundary Stone to the ESE including quaker bog.
Easy Easy: Easy to reach using the military track from Rowtor


Recommended Walk


Distance: 4.2 mi Difficulty: StarStar
Other Tors Visited: High Willhays, Rowtor, West Mill Tor, Yes Tor
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Leg Instruction
1Park your car on the military track adjacent to Rowtor (SX 59655 91901). Please see the notice above about possible military activity.
2Follow the well worn paths and pick your way through the clitter up to the summit of Rowtor and down the other side towards the rifle butts and join the military track. Somewhere along here.... pick up a rock and stick it in your pocket... you'll be needing it later!
3Following the track, skirt around the left of West Mill Tor and start the long gradual climb up the path for about 1.5 miles until you see a boundary stone on your right hand side... you can't miss it, it's about 2m tall.
4There are a couple of nice flat rocks on the track at this point to allow you a quick cuppa before continuing up to High Willhays!
5Cross to the Boundary Stone and head for the summit of High Willhays. The cairn is clearly visible from here.
6As you cross the ground between the BS and the summit you will encounter some quite serious bog including a couple of quakers... It is possible to pick your way around these and once you are on the slope to the top the bog quickly disappears.
7After a short climb you will be standing on the highest point in southern England. Now that rock from earlier... make sure you place it on the cairn. There are a lack of rocks up there hence picking one up 'en route'....
8Now cross to the summit of Yes Tor which from High Willhays looks much higher.... but is isn't! Scramble up the rocks to the range marker and trig point on the summit. The views from here are just spectacular. On a good day you will be able to see 30 miles+ from the SW round to the NE. All of North Devon and East Cornwall are laid out below you.
9Now carefully make your way down the NW slope of Yes Tor, crossing the small brook at the bottom and following the worn path up to West Mill Tor.
10I think this is one of the most impressive Tor summits on Dartmoor and easily rivals Hay Tor. You'll find a nice sheltered spot on the SE side of the Tor for lunch!
11From here, head SE and intercept the track near the rifle butts and then you can either go back over Rowtor or follow the track back around to your car. A nice walk on a good day.

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