This circular walk climbs to Yes Tor from Meldon Reservoir in the Dartmoor National Park. The route runs for about 5 miles, visiting West Mill Tor and Black Down on Okehampton Common. The tor is Dartmoor's second highest peak, at 619 metres (2,031 ft) above sea level.
Start the walk at the car park at Meldon Reservoir and climb south east to Longstone Hill on Okehampton Common. The route then follows paths to the Yes Tor summit where there are a number of cairns and an observation post. There's fine views over the national park from this elevated position.
The route then descends east to West Mill Tor and Black Down to the north. The final section takes you back down to the reservoir, passing close to the impressive Meldon Viaduct as you go. The structure was opened in 1874 and carried the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) across the West Okement River. It was constructed from wrought iron and cast iron and is now a Scheduled Monument. To extend your walking in the area you could try our High Willhays Walk which also starts from the reservoir and visits Yes Tor on the way. There's also a nice circular path heading round the lake to try.
Yes Tor Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Yes Tor Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Yes Tor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Yes Tor 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 unusual inn 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.