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 621 metres (2,039 ft) 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.
High Willhays PostcodeEX20 4LU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
High Willhays Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
High Willhays Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
High Willhays OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
High Willhays Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
High Willhays Pubs/Cafes
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.