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Name:Great Links Tor
Hill number:3649
Height:589m / 1932ft
Parent (Ma):2877  High Willhays
RHB Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Dartmoor
County/UA:Devon (CoU)
Class:Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem
Grid ref:SX 55084 86767
Summit feature:rock tor by trig point
Col:477m  SX578857  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 191
(1:25k) OL28N
Observations:tor is about 3m higher than trig point
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 134 users)ByDate of Ascent
Great Links Tor > Amicombe Hill (Kitty Tor) from GR: SX 52291 85255. Telescopic ladder (5m) placed in gap between the trig Point Tor and main Tor.ronaldo33320/10/2019
Great Links Tor > Amicombe Hill (Kitty Tor) from GR: SX 52291 85255Hippster20/10/2019
Bray Tor and the Widgery Cross first. Used telescopic ladder placed in gap between the two tors. Still a bit hairy! Eire held the ladder but didn't fancy climbing up. Alfie watched! Went on to Hunt Tor (562m), Kitty Tor (584m), Green Tor (546m), High Dunna Goat (560m) and Low Dunna Goat (550m).Dangerous Dave07/08/2019
Run from Sourton Church up over Sourton Tors 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
Climbed with marktrengove. After the initial climb up the ladder,the trickiest part was getting over the large lip. After this it was an easy scramble to the top. The descent was best done on my bottom, before lowering myself down the lip to the ladder. The climb was easier than I expected and the descent just needed a bit of care.Sprog07/04/2019
From Lydford - parking at SX 51764 85260. Hauled a collapsible ladder, with AT, up over the moor, crossing the River Lyd at the bridge. Then NE to the summit. Best ladder placement is at SX 55086 86776. Continued to Amicombe Hill.Man of Kernow107/04/2019
With other baggers on the trig bagging meet in Okehampton.Alan Caine30/03/2019
Worked out v.well today with Alan's ladder to hand and a good load of us getting up here who probably wouldn't have fancied it otherwise.Alex C30/03/2019
Thanks to AW and SteveG for carrying up the ladder for final tor ascent. Gorgeous walk on a lovely morning.Campbell Singer30/03/2019
Lydford car park to Bracken Lodge YH. Part of the great ladder party - thanks Alan W (& SG).Smudge30/03/2019
I was very grateful to have the opportunity to scale this one with the use of the ladder that others on the trigpointers weekend had kindly provided and hauled up here. Aluminium is a wonderful material!Father Ted30/03/2019
Part of the advance ladder party with AW and Campbell Singer. Excellent start to the day in fine weather.SteveG30/03/2019
great walk too trig point then scramble to summit, descent aided by ladder. Great crowd todaycjo30/03/2019
Part of Dartmoor MarathonClaireb 01/09/2018
Nice scramble to the summit.Adrian25/08/2018
Did this with Adrian. Adrian scrambled, I did it as a lead rock climb.mazz25/08/2018
See Kitty Tor description.Dartmoorman19/07/2018
From Dartmoor Inn in the wet. Trig only.Moorponder01/07/2018
With Minnie from parking E side of A386 near Lydford, easy track then grassy slope to Arms Tor, then up to Great Links Tor Trig & top-difficult. down via Brat Tor & Widgery Cross to River Lyd for a dip, then back to parking, Very warm & dry & Sunny.apricorum21/05/2018
One of the more difficult summits! 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. Made it to the top solo without ropes - just possible with a bit of climbing experience.twg2726/04/2018
From car park at Lydford out to Kitty Tor (old causeway is a god send). Returned by Great Links Tor (trig only) - maybe thirty years ago I'd have had a go!SS13/04/2018
With Adam and Bob. Aided by Adrian Rayner's collapsable ladder to bridge the gap between the trig and the summit block. Thanks Adrian!PGCE04/02/2018
From the cp near the Dartmoor Inn. Traipsed up here with Richie whose rucksack was crammed with climbing gear. Got up to the trig and were nearly blown away. All very wet and windy and we were soaked through so will return another day. Therefore not ticked. Came up via Widgery Cross and went on to Kitty Hill, returning via Bleak House. 8.2 miles.Herbert Anchovy11/11/2017
From the cp near the Dartmoor Inn. Traipsed up here with Herbert with climbing gear and a bold heart. Got up to the trig and were nearly blown away. All very wet and windy the rock covered in slime and we were soaked through so will return another day. Therefore not ticked. Came up via Widgery Cross and went on to Kitty Hill, returning via Bleak House. 8.2 miles.Richard Lawrenc11/11/2017
A repeat visit. However, this time we hired the services of 'Vertical Frontiers' (has a U.K. base on Dartmoor) & were guided to the tor summit by Matt Knapp. He provided a top rope for the tricky step across from the trig point & for the climb down. (PM)gerrybowes08/09/2017
From the car park behind the Dartmoor Inn. With GB. Some rain, very windy and mist down but did improve.bolton08/09/2017
Large car park (Space for 40+ cars) at end of track behind the Dartmoor Inn at 525853 - Up good paths to trig point, but didn't get to summit (Unticked). Continued to Amicombe Hill. (PM)gerrybowes21/04/2017
With GB. Could have got up it but unsure if I could have descended in an appropriate way. Unticked.bolton21/04/2017
From Meldon Res, Tes Tor, High Willays, Kitty Tor Great Links back over Corn Ridge to resevoirunderhill03/12/2016
Wet slippy conditions, mae stood on my shoulders, he then gave me a top rope.jimbloomer30/06/2016
Wild Camp Day 2Paul_142_uk11/06/2016
Solo. From Kitty Tor and then on to Woodcock Hill and over the high ground heading north to Sourton Tors.Aimless Rambler23/05/2016
Parking @ SX 52565 85369 then over Arms Tor, Little Links Tor, Great Links Tor, back via Brat Tor and Widgery Cross. Pillar good condition small climb involved for the summit. weather great views great.griefmiester13/05/2016
Managed to climb up next to pillar. Jumped back down. Took nice picture of pillar from above.Dusty24/04/2016
A torific day ! (Arms Tor/Little Links Tor/Great Links Tor/Gren Tor/Hunt Tor/Steng A Tor/Kitty Tor/Green Tor/Higher Dunna Goat Tor/Little Dunna Goat Tor/Chat Tor/Hare Tor/TavY Cleave/Ger Tor/Little Hare Tor/Doe Tor/Sharp Tor/Brat Tor/Gibbet Hill/Nat Tor)Fergalh05/03/2016
A very enjoyable circular route taking in Meldon Reservior, West Oakement River, Steng-a-Tor, Kitty Tor, Higher & Lower Dunna Tor, Great Links Tor and Sourton Tor. A very windy and inevitably misty day on Dartmoor.Ginger Dave28/11/2014
Start ~ 525854, car park near Dartmoor Inn. Followed paths to col near Widgery Cross then climbed NE to summit of Great Links Tor. Continued to pick up track to North and followed it East to Kitty Tor. Hot day with no wind. With Wombourne.steve hudson09/09/2014
With SH.wombourne09/09/2014
Wearing Walshes used the chimney to SE end of the tor after bagging the trig and think I am not tall enough to get up that way. Rock very dry and abrasive. A knackered Ian Brown joined me 20+ minutes later around 17:20. I then headed for Kitty Tor.Dugswell223/08/2014
Large car parking area through the gate at the end of the small lane running north of the Dartmoor Inn. A very easy walk to the summit along good, well defined paths.moorsman20/08/2014
Had some fun on the tor.Alan Moore29/04/2014
Parked at Meldon reservoir CP. Across dam w Jenx. Direct then up Yes Tor avoiding top of the drainage line to NW. Onto High Willays, then to Kitty Tor, Great Links Tor trig and scramble up crack to summit! - trig finish on Sourton Tors. Back down track to West of Meldon to CP.nordicstar15/04/2014
From the Dartmoor Inn. Gale force wind blowing from S. Sheltered from the wind and eased way up to the column for GPS reading. Impossible to attempt the high point today (although LDWA gives a dispensation). Surprised that Widgery Cross was not a tump.arranc24/03/2014
Circular walk from Sourton; Sourton Tors > Corn Ridge > Great Links. Return via Nodden Gate. Wet, windy. Not nice for scrambling up Dartmoor tors, but at least not icy so only a little slippery. ***28 Jun 2018 re-ascent: In passing en-route to Amicombe Hill. Scramble up from the trig rock seemed a lot easier than 4 years ago, but don't remember finding the hand holds then, just had a supporting hand from Mrs G on that occasion IIRC.jonglew12/01/2014
Reached the trig, but given the strength of the wind didn't fancy doing the scramble to the top. Long walk back to Okehampton along the disused railway line.Richard02/11/2013
MMC walk, very windy!bri&dave02/11/2013
Summit reached via chimney at SE end of Tor then squeezed up crack to easy scramble to top , returned same way.chalky195311/10/2013
Managed the true summit with one tricky move, otherwise straight-forward. From the trig-point summit, you can reach good hand holds on the summit tor itself, and the rock isn't slippery - getting back down again was the tricky bitwychwood29/08/2013
Via chimney near SE corner, after my son had soloed up and rigged up a top rope. 4m of not-too-technical wedged-in climbing (no more than Diff) leads to gentle scramble to summit. Down-climbed the same way, though my son happily trotted down the NW side and jumped across to the trig tor, about 5 times in fact, as he coaxed me and my wife up!AndyS25/08/2013
With family. Meldon Reservoir - Yes Tor - High Willhays - Kitty Tor - Great Links Tor - Meldon Reservoir. Only Dad & I did Great Links Tor, via the 'Acrobat' route (apparently HS 4b), which seemed easier than the ascent using the crack. Only one hard move to get off the ground and then very easy. Lots of flying ants around made it harder than it should have been...! Did not like the look of the jump off, so descended using the ascent route. Easier than expected.AGWilliamson23/08/2013
Bagged on a gorgeous sunny day on the North Moors (Great Links > Kitty > Hare) taking in Arms Tor, Chat Tor and Brat Tor (Widgery Cross).Stephenfarmer18/05/2013
Tricky little scramble up the highest tor, via the chimney at its eastern end. Unreassuringly damp and slimy rock!davidpettit8403/11/2012
Up from Lydford - climbed slab opposite trig (Acrobat route?) I used climbing footwear and there was one hard move to get off the ground, thereafter it was easy angled. I didn't fancy the jump off so down climbed the ascent route. It's a terrific viewpoint!Chris Peart21/09/2012
With: hb; Approached from Kitty Tor via ruin then slanting up to Great Links. Spent a while getting to the top. We then headed off E to Bleak Ho where we camped overnight.Ian Baines07/09/2012
With: ib; Helen Baines07/09/2012
Easy parking at beginning of track from Lydford. Used a ladder but think we placed it in the wrong place near the trig which made it harder than others seem to have found it.destaylor01/07/2012
Walked from Chat Tor to Great Links to return to minibusKatieJayne10/03/2012
Nice sunny day, started near Lydford and ended lost in the fog! I'll go back to do the top on a dry day.Nick04/10/2011
Way up the crack almost deserves to be a rock-climb, way down easierJimJames29/04/2011
Via crack up the N face about Diff standard for first 7m. down via the normal route. Other visits on:- 25-05-1980, 14-12-1980, 10-03-1984,RichardM05/03/2011
Eventually found the Crack that takes you to the top of the Tor. wedged myself in and Chimneyed up the 10ft which deposits you within easy reach of the top. Getting down was considerably easier than getting up. Gravity is wonderfull thingstevedixon01/03/2011
Dry conditions - friction move from trig tor feasible. Jim's shoulders required for second ascent (30/06/2016) in the wet.mae15/10/2010
Started from Meldon Reservoir to wild camp at Great Links Torescottjon10/10/2010
Ascended from Kitty Tor. Descended to Dartmoor Inn. More horrible terrain, wind and, this time, rain.bescot4224/08/2010
Walked up from car park near Lydford after completing High Willhays and Yes Tor.DanTrig26/06/2010
Difficult one. The actual summit requires a bit of a scramble - which needs good weather. However, the Hill Walkers Register is accepting completions if you've just done the Trig Point.Ianto&Sue21/03/2009
Evening stroll up from the Fox and Hounds via Arms Tor. Had no trouble scrambling up. Incredible views in the western arc. A gorgeous hill.Jake99426/08/2007
Trig below a surprisingly tricky final climb to the Tor highpoint. Walked in from Lydford then on to Kitty before being met at SourtonRhayader_wander29/05/2007
Parked at Meldon Reservoir and took a circular route around Yes Tor, High Willhays, Dinger Tor, Lints Tor, Kitty Tor and Great links Tor. Suprised how unspoilt the area was considering it's use. Rocks above the trig looked the highest point.rhalstead25/11/2006
6 days climbing trip (having just finished my PGCE day before) -to the SW with Bob Dileu. Carried the climbing gear up here for Bob to lead the Great Flake - VS4c- on the summit tor. A couple of exciting overhang layback moves on the huge flake as the name suggests. Also walked out and back on old railway bed to bag Amicombe Hill (Kitty Tor)Chris Pearson23/06/2002
Dartmoor Dewey bagging, walk 2/6; Great Links Tor and Amicombe Hill from car park at E edge of Lydford, 526853. Climbed the short side facing the trig pillar (route called Acrobat). 1 move at HS, 2m off ground. I had to jump off - not nice. Need dry day and grippy footwear. Climbs:- RHW07/03/1998
On Ten Tors trainingalistairpooler22/02/1998
Yes Tor, High Willhays, Lints Tor, Amicombe HillFred Windsor07/04/1996
Like many walkers, I was not able to climb the tor. However, and also like many walkers, I visited the trig point and so was (later) able to claim a complete round of the Deweys.David Purchase18/09/1993
Retrospectively logged with the help of the date written in Terry Bound's A-Z of Dartmoor Tors. long before the existence of web sites like this. In most cases only my first visit is recorded. Revisited 12/02/2020 Nearly 65 yrs old but still active.Anthony Vosper17/02/1993
Climbed lots of times. Trig visited as has the true top which is a bit of a scramble.isabelle14/07/1990
KND Circuit of Brat Tor; Great Links Tor, Chat Tor, Hare Tor and otherscrazy11/04/1988
Tony J30/03/2019
Colin Crawford02/07/2014
Steve Q14/03/2014
Alan Whatley08/06/2013
andrew brown21/05/2011
Andy West18/04/2011
Denise 05/03/2011
Martin R13/08/2010
carole engel19/06/2008
Stuart Hyde03/08/2005