GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

High Willhays

6 miles (9 km)

Climb to the highest point on Dartmoor on this splendid circular walk in the Dartmoor National Park. The walk starts at the car park at Meldon Reservoir and takes you to the 621metres (2,039ft)summit via Longstone Hill and Black Tor.
You start with a pleasant waterside section along the shores of the pretty Meldon Reservoir. It has a spectacular dam with wonderful views over the West Okement valley. You then leave the reservoir climbing Longstone Hill towards Black Tor with its strking Logan Stone and great views over Walkhampton Common. The route then heads to the summit of High Willhays where there are fabulous views over Dartmoor and Devon. From the summit you descend to the impressive Yes Tor. It is the second highest peak on Dartmoor just two metres below High Willlhays.
The final section descends over Okehampton Common to the reservoir and the finish point. It's a challenging walk but on generally good paths and wonderful views as the reward. Also look out for Dartmoor Ponies as you go.
If you'd like to continue your walk you could follow the footpath around Meldon Reservoir or try the climb to Yes Tor which starts from the same car park. There's also the Dartmoor Way and Granite Way which also run past the reservoir.
You could start the walk from the nearby town of Okehampton by following the Granite Way to the reservoir.


EX20 4LU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

High Willhays OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

High Willhays Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to the Highwayman Inn after your exercise for a great pub experience. The pub is considered England's most unusualinn with a marvellous interior and an interesting mix of ancient artifacts. It dates from the 11th-century and is also said to be haunted! The wonderful inn is located to the west of Meldon Reservoir at Sourton, postcode EX20 4HN.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east there's a fine climb to another prominent Dartmoor Peak on the circular Sticklepath and Cosdon Hill Walk. The riverside village is a lovely place for a stroll with paths along the River Taw to try. At Cosdon Hill there's a stone circle and more excellent views to the coast.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


High Willhays - - 1575605

A pool very close to the summit

High Willhays - - 683652

The cairn that marks the highest point in England south of Herefordshire. Right of centre is Yes Tor in SX5890.

The Western slopes of High Willhays - - 1326796

The Western slopes of High Willhays. The highest point of Dartmoor, standing at 621 metres above sea level. Photo taken looking down to the West Okement valley, Meldon and the Devon lowlands.

The ridge, north of High Willhays - - 1423962

The ridge, north of High Willhays

On the way up High Willhays from Meldon - - 447294

On the way up High Willhays from Meldon. The red poles mark the danger areas when the army are firing on the north moors. These are marked on the Explorer map.

West Okement River - - 47707

West Okement River. Below High Willhays and Kitty Tor, deep in the moor. looking north.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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