Name:High Willhays
Hill number:2877
Height:622m / 2041ft
SMC/RHB Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Dartmoor
County (CoH):Devon (CoH)
County (CoA):Devon (CoA)
Topographical area:ES02 Willhays-mardon
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
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Wet camp under beech tree at Meldon Reservoir CP then trudge in rain & cloud to Black Tor then High Willhays, Yes Tor and West Mill Tor. Weather cleared and return via Longstone Hill. 11.5km in 3 hrs then drove to Sheep's Tor to climb.John Eley22/06/2024
Parked at Presley Moor. Headed to Shelstone Tor and then on to Black-a-Tor Copse. Up to Fordsland Ledge and on to the summit of High Willhays where we had some lunch. Across to Yes Tor summit and down via Back Tor and Shelstone Tor. Time taken 4 hours 30 minutes for 7 miles. Not bad for Amelia and Izzy. Wildlife of note Ring Ouzel, Curlew and Mistle Thrushes.isabelle16/06/2024
From Meldon Reservoir. High Willhays, Yes Tor, West Mill Tor, East Mill TorArbie01/06/2024
Anticlockwise loop from Meldon Reservoir via Black Tor, High Willhays and Yes Tor. Short steep ascent up Black tor and on to High Willhays. Wet, windy and boggy but not overly challenging. Lovely views at the start of the journey in particularmuzza217/03/2024
Parked at Okehampton Camp. Headed up the military road then cross country to the summit of West Mill Tor. A few tiny patches of snow left on this hill. Then on to Yes Tor where above 550metres there was still a covering of snow on the north eastern slopes. Visited trig and then across to the summit of High Willhays where there was a patchy covering. Although never known the ground as wet as this. Mostly dry with a bit of sun. Good views. Time taken 2 hours 45 minutes for 6.5 miles. Raven, Meadow Pipits, Stonechats seen.isabelle24/02/2024
From Meldon Resv. Via Black Torjef14/02/2024
Loop with mum, Jared and dog. Wild weatheremily31/12/2023
From Meldon Quarry CP: West Mill Tor, Yes Tor and High Willhays. Thick cloud, rain, high winds and no views at summits. Had to turn out as we'd come all the way from Manchester to bag these Nuttalls.Lazylizzie18/11/2023
Circular from Lydford, Julie's last English Nuttallsrichardrosser30/09/2023
Parked SX 60091 91142 at end of driveable road. SIMMS on Dartmoor: Hangingstone Hill > Cut Hill > High Willhays. Progress on tracks much faster than off them. Boggy and rough ground everywhere.Peter_W_Mitchell 24/08/2023
From Rowtor car parksturuss19/08/2023
Climbed from Dinger Tor after following the military roads there from the car park NE of Rowtor.RVC09/08/2023
Climbed from car park NE of Rowtor, then along rocky military road.RVC07/07/2023
With Rebecca, including Yes tormazz01/07/2023
My 300th tump! Parked at Meldon Reservoir CP. Intended to stick to paths marked on OS map, but found unmarked track that followed Red-a-ven Brook upstream to about 500m height before taking direct route to Yes Tor then simple trudge to the summit. No views unfortunately as low cloud and got soaked on the way down. Came back via Black-a-Tor Copse with very mossy trees. Path to N of Meldon Reservoir is blocked off. With FelixRoguePulsar30/06/2023
Parked at car park we went through a gate down the path then next to a lake then followed path near a viaduct then went next to the stream which we followed until we cut across a field up a rocky field to the top of Yes Tor then went across to the top. With Dad.speedyclimber30/06/2023
From the cattle grid by the campStevooo26/06/2023
Easy run up along the military roads from Okehampton Camp to Yes Tor, High Willhays and then on to Dinger Tor. Time taken 70 minutes for 7.5 miles and only 1065feet of ascentisabelle25/06/2023
Travelled from Kent to Plymouth to see Muse and broke up the drive with a stop off at Dartmoor. Parked at the reservoir and went cross country up, making sure to look out for skylark nests. Very few people around apart from a couple of walkers and some army guys at the top. Gorgeous day, over 30 degrees. Really liked this climb. Not too high, some obstacles but nit too many, and fantastic views. Interesting rock formations at summit.MysteriousSue27/05/2023
On 10 tors.AJScourfield23/04/2023
A North Western Dartmoor circuit, from Okehampton Station, visiting Rowter, West Mill Tor, Yes Tor, High Willhays - now listing as my 600th Marilyn - and East Mill Tor.RobB01/04/2023
Long walk taking in some of the major summits in the NW of Dartmoor. No access issue, thorough soaking of Mike Tuft, Jacob Partington and I over an arduous 25km.hjb6830/03/2023
From public road end by Okehampton Camp (SX591931), SW along tarmac roads to ca SX589913, continuing on good stony tracks to ridge S of Yes Tor, then S along ridge to summit, returning same way (2h30m)kdbennett24/03/2023
From Sourton up the West Okement valley forded the river just north of Black-a tor copse. Up to Fordsland Ledge. Good covering of snow on the tops with the blue skies and no wind was superb up there today. To High Willhays summit then Yes Tor and down to Vellake Corner back to Sourton. Time 3.5 hours for 8.5 miles 1871 feet of ascent.isabelle21/01/2023
12km loop from meldon reservoir taking in anumber of other tors. Just over 3 hrsNicky C01/01/2023
Prewley Moor carpark to High Willhays and Yes Tor.Peter Fieldsend08/10/2022
Meldon, Black a Tor, high Willhays, Yes Tor, West Mill Tor, Row Tor Okehampton. 14kmClifford26/08/2022
Walked up from reservoir car park, over Longstone Hill and Black Tor to HW and Yes Tor. Cracking walk.cjwilliams27/07/2022
Nuttall walk 13.3 shortened to return via Fordsland ledge and Black Tor, then down to the river. With R.Dan Baddeley17/04/2022
Direct from Meldon Reservoir dam, past the ponies on Longstone Hill to Yes Tor and High Willhays. The sun came out, so also made a bee-line for East Mill Tor, returning back to the dam car park over Okehampton Common.summitter14/04/2022
2 of 3 on 5.7 mile walk starting at rowter car park having stayed the night in the camper. Across from yes tor. Didnít stay long as the winds were quite dramatic. Very bleak looking landscape. Marilyn no. 54The-Z-Man02/09/2021
Ascended from Meldon Car Park via Yes Tor on a clear, dry August day. High Willhays is a very attractive county top. The view across Dartmoor and to Black Tor is a highlight. Returned by following the West Okement river to Meldon Reservoir; a beautiful route in summer albeit with some leaps to make to avoid getting wet.hillbagger9123/08/2021
Walked up High Willhays and Yes Tor with my cousin as part of the County Top challenge. My cousin's first mountain walk which he really enjoyed despite absolute awful rain and bad wind.DavidHiner12/08/2021
Fell run from the Reservoir carpark up Yes Tor, across to High Willhays and back. Heavy showers all the way but lightning held off.w1ght09/08/2021
Yes Tor, High Willhays, Kitty Tor, Great Links Tor. A circular walk from Meldon Reservoir car park. 19 km with 680m ascent in 5h30m. (S)silveracorn_alan02/08/2021
With CathyS & Luna. From Meldon Reservoir CP.masmith05/07/2021
Meldon reservoir to Black Tor, High Willhays, Yes Tor, West Mill Tor, Rowton and Black Down. Surprisingly easy going on a glorious day.Clive G08/06/2021
Loop from Meldon Dam car park - Black Tor, High Willhays, Yes Tor, Black Down and back via Meldon Viaduct.peter_tun02/04/2021
Sunny strong winds at topanderson2430/03/2021
MC alone after a day's work. 1hr 50 taking in 3 tops. Misty on top. Just back at dark.Martin6607/12/2020
High Willhays and Yes Tor from Mellon via Black-a-tor-Copse. Gorgeous day clear blue skies light winds and a dusting of snow above 550 metres. Summit was icy and below freezing. Great views. With Izzyisabelle06/12/2020
Anti-clockwise from Meldon Reservoir, very wetmrmjrowley30/10/2020
from Meldon Reservoir with Evelynjd1618/10/2020
Started from Meldon Reservoir and ascended from the west via Yes Tor.LovableScum16/10/2020
Started at Meldon Car Park and it was very low cloud. Glad to have a GPX file as could not see summits. Took in Yes Tor and Black Tor. Sun came out once back at the reservoir. 6.77 miles round tripmadsam08/09/2020
Climbed solo. Cloudy but mostly dry day except one light shower on ascent of Yes Tor and some drifting mist. Parked at Meldon Reservoir car park (£2 charge). Crossed dam and used the track which winds around Longstone Hill. At around 425m contour, I turned east for Yes Tor summit, following initially an indistinct path. The summit has a flag pole and trig point on a small tor. Easy walk south along the ridge to Devon's highest point, High Willhays, which was marked by cairn topped by a graceful tower of tiny stones! Fine views of surroundings, especially the bleak terrain to the south. Strongly reminiscent of Pennines or Cheviots. Stayed high on mostly pathless terrain to Dinger Tor and Lints Tor before descending to the upper valley of the West Okement River. The valley is boggy at first but a small path soon appears. Passed an enchanting stunted oak forest and a wooded gorge before reaching the reservoir and return to car.jamessteel10016/08/2020
Walked with eldest son (17) from the car park at Meldon Reservoir. Weather warm with some low cloud but also patches of sunshine. Went to Yes Tor first then on to High Willhays. Descent enlivened by youth hostel ringing at 7.53pm to say check in was by 8pm not 10pm due to Covid. Thankfully they let us in when we got there at about 9.25pm.clyoung06/08/2020
Circular loop from Meldon Reservoir car park with O.MollyT1301/08/2020
Run from Meldon Reservoir. Warm and sunny day!dave_mole22/07/2020
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