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Name:High Willhays
Hill number:2877
Height:622m / 2041ft
RHB Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Dartmoor
County/UA:Devon (CoU)
County (CoH):Devon (CoH)
County (CoA):Devon (CoA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge,
Grid ref:SX 58027 89220
Summit feature:large cairn on rock tor
Col:85.1m  ST 6512 1193  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 191
(1:25k) OL28N
Survey:Abney level
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  • Devon (1974) administrative county top
  • Devon historic county top
  • Devon current county/UA top

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Run up from the east side of Meldon Reservoir followed a stream to the east of Homerton Hill up on to the plateau. Ran slowly across the open moor to High Willhays. Close to the stream I saw a Grey Wagtail higher up there were a few Crows and plenty of Skylarks. Had a chat on the summit and enjoyed the view. Could clearly see the North Devon coastline and the sea. Ran easily to Yes Tor where I said hello to a couple hunkered down in the rocks. Easy run back to the start across the trackless moor. Saw my first Wheatear of the year. Time taken an hour for 4 miles.isabelle14/06/2020
Parked at Meldon Reservoir, 12k circular walk up to Black Tor, onto High Willhays then Yes Tor. Clear windy day with amazing views from Yes Tor.jarmin4501/02/2020
Round of Hangingstone Hill, Cut Hill, High Willhays and Yes Tor from parking at East Okement Farm. Torrential rain. Solo round in fell running gear but not possible to run on much due to difficulty of terrain (uneven clumps of grass). Several water crossings. Deep mud in parts. 14 miles total in 4hrs 15min.axoree19/12/2019
Arthur's first Hewitt at day 35. Rachel came too.Madjonny23/10/2019
Arthur's first Hewitt. Jonny came too.Rachelraindrops23/10/2019
After Yes Tor, from Res CP.bevandy11402/09/2019
Run from Sourton Church up over Sourton Torís along the old railway to Great Links Tor. I t took me a few minutes to remember the easiest climb to the actual summit which was very easy as the only technical move is low down. I headed on to the remains of Bleak House. I remember camping by it in 1990 and it was a lot more substantial then. I took the path up to Kitty Tor. The cloud broke and it was warm in the sunshine. I headed down to Sandy Ford and then up High Willhays and Yes Tor before running back to Sourton via the top end of Meldon reservoir. For the 11 miles it took 2 hours 30 minutes. I saw Wheatear, Linnets, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Kestrel and Ravens.isabelle04/08/2019
With Lizzy, 8-9 mile circular route from Meldon Reservoir (£2 needed for car park), up Yes Tor then down along West Okement River. Riverside route rough and boggy in places. Nice views from summit.Eliza10001/08/2019
P Meldon Resr, up via Black Tor & Fordsland Ledge.agentmancuso03/07/2019
Hill two of the historic county tops. With my brother Mark. From Meldon Reservoir via Black Tor and back over Yes Tor.pclyndes17/06/2019
With Lyn the second tor in a three tor circuit including Yes Tor and West Mill Tor. A beautiful day and the 10 Tors event. Very sociable day.Sixtyplus11/05/2019
From Meldon Reservoir car park...over Yes Tor then to High Willhays. Final English 2000ft MarilynN.Morters28/04/2019
Clear day with the familyvconnelly18/04/2019
Sunny, beautiful walkBen Tindal07/04/2019
My final Marilyn in Region 40, from Meldon car park, returning over Yes Tor - then a 510 mile road trip home.NormanW31/03/2019
Easy stroll over here nice and relaxing with Smudge after the morning's visit to Great Links Tor.Alex C30/03/2019
Lydford car park to Bracken Tor YH. Revisited in the company of AC via Lints & Dinger tors.Smudge30/03/2019
Not exactly the most beautiful walk. Started at Meldon Reservoir. Cloud base was approx 350m so didn't have any views. Nice to practic navigation skills though. Marched up Longstone Hill, then cross country to meet the Yes Tor - High Willhays track, up to HW, then over to YT, then back on the tracks/paths via Black Down. Beware that there seem to be some extra tracks which are not marked on OS; it would be easy to get pretty lost in the fog if you're not concentrating! The pool at SX564922 is worth a short detour.jkl30/12/2018
Started at Meldon Reservoir car park. Route via Black Tor, High Willhays and Yes TorParkerP196001/11/2018
With Katy. Wind and Rain.George Thompson18/09/2018
with Tony and Neil from Meldum reservoir ,Yes Tor and High Willhays.Lou13/09/2018
Part of Dartmoor MarathonClaireb 01/09/2018
From Meldon dam.Topographer5709/08/2018
From reservoir parking. Lovely walk.Alan Caine09/08/2018
From Meldon Reservoir car park - Windy Cloud down with persistent rain - Longstone Hill - Black Tor - Why are wee doing this? Over the rough grasses /faint tracks we find High Willhays summit cairn not realising we are there. Finding Yes Tor (& Trig) beyond we return to the summit and then head back down across Oakhampton Common. Still windy, in cloud and very wet. The joys of hill walking. Trip to Clovelly afterwards.briandavies29/07/2018
High Willhays and Yes Tor from Meldon Reservoir with ElizyanneGmacT05/07/2018
Far easier than I thought. Coming back down to reservoir gives a lovely view.elizyanne05/07/2018
From the reservoir via Yes TorClach Liath23/06/2018
Climbed in glorious conditions as part of a 26.8 Km circuit of all Dartmoor 600m hills, starting from Row Tor car park. Blue skies, hot sun, infinite visibility. Fast track heading south to Hangingstone, peat bog to Whitehorse, then very tiring high tussock grass over the side of Black Hill and up to Cut Hill. On return leg, high tussock grass to Dinger, then easy walking to High Willhays, Yes, and return to Row Tor. A fabulous solo walk.Dartmoorman22/06/2018
Good walk up on a warm sunny day.gettingonabit17/05/2018
Meldon Reservoir car park - Yes Tor - High Willhays - Sandy Ford - Great Links Tor and back. Great loop, mostly pathless and sometimes v boggy. Fabulous views.twg2726/04/2018
A county top outing of six mile's taking three hours from the free car park at Meldon reservoir. The route first went over Black tor onto High Willhays finishing on Yes tor before descending to the reservoir car park. Parts between Black tor and High Willhays, and from Yes tor to the reservoir are pathless.WAYNE ROWLETT21/04/2018
Walked up from Reservior and did yes Tor then thisjmistry8616/04/2018
From Meldon Reservoir. Conditions deteriorated as I crossed into the firing range. Found summits of Yes Tor and High Willhays before making hasty and direct descent.the pigguy 28/01/2018
A splendid walk from Meldon reservoir, straight up the hillside on lovely easy grass, then via Black Tor on the track, and off piste across the bogs to the top. Nice stroll back to Yes Tor, then lovely descent off piste on dry mossy grass. Hugely enjoyable.Gill26/01/2018
2/8M from meldon reservoir on a nice sunny morning.robertphillips08/11/2017
High Willhays and Yes Tor from Meldon ReservoirChris Williams01/11/2017
With Sal before Compass Sport Cup final - clear, but cold.davechaffey22/10/2017
Parking in the Meldon Reservoir carpark, Helen & I Followed the route around Longstone Hill and then climbed up to Yes Tor and then across to the summit at High Willhays. In low cloud and high winds we returned via Fordsland Ledge and then Black Tor.JohRvs15/10/2017
From okehampton stationjj3514/10/2017
Walked from Thorndon Cross Campsitelozinworcester14/10/2017
Solo. Sunday morning. Lovely day. Boggy underfootLongwojo08/10/2017
Heavy showers but quick ascent from the Reservoir C.PPlay2End12/09/2017
With E. From Rowtor car park. Easy tracks all the way to summit. So windy nearly blown over at summit! Return by same route.Beeliner18/08/2017
Walked up from Meldon reservoir car park. Followed the track around Longstone Hill. Continued up to Yes Tor and along the ridge to High Willhays. Rather bizzarely, got pestered by bees while at the summit - where did they come from? Fine views from the top. Back down via Black Tor through some boggy patches and boulder fields to the river valley, then back to car park. Took about 4 hours.The Gardener10/08/2017
With Caleb.simon and co04/08/2017
From Meldon reservoir car park, following the route in Jonny Muir's UK County Tops book - Black Tor, Hill Willhays, Yes Tor. Squelchy boggy bits on the walk up from Black Tor annoying. Super views from the top. Circuit at a leisurely pace took 3 hours.mapple14/07/2017
Meldon Reservoir. an easy ascent to bag these twoAristotle Chip14/06/2017
Parked at Meldon reservoir car park and walked across the dam and followed path that zig-zagged around ridge to foot of Yes Tor. Ascended Yes Tor and then along stone road to High Willhays. Brilliant View.Hippy7717/04/2017