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Dartmoor National Park - High Willhays

  • Apr 19, 2014 · 10:15 AM
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Walk length 12 miles/19km approx. Circular.

A spectacular moorland walk staring from near the village of Meldon to Yes Tor and finally High Willhays Tor which is the highest point on Dartmoor at 621 meters.

Walk Description

Meldon is a small village close to Okehampton and is known for its now disused Meldon Aplite Quarry which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The walk follows a route south from the public car park near Meldon Reservoir across high moorland over Okehampton Common passing Yes Tor and High Willhays.

This is just one of a series of four walks across the stunning Dartmoor National Parks, from High Tors to Moorland and Forest.

Dartmoor is a National Park covering moorland over an area of some 954 square miles, with a rich geological history and archaeology remains. The moors are known also for tors (hills topped with outcrops of bedrock). The public have extensive access rights across Dartmoor but some parts have restricted access at times and are used by the military, because of this we have reserve walks planned.

Accommodation and Meeting

A similar format to the National Parks we visited in 2013. The cost for each walk will be £5, with a limit of 32 people for each day. Everyone can have the chance to do their own things on some of the days or join the group for a walk; this system worked well in 2013.

Everyone will be encouraged to arrange their own accommodation, either camping, Youth hostel, or B&B. We will try to suggest locations as near together as possible so the group can meet up after the walks in the evening.  Transport will be by car sharing. The nearest town is Okehampton.

Meeting for walk 2 Meldon (Saturday 19th April)

Meet at public car park close to the  Meldon Reservoir for 10.15am for the walk to start at 10.30am.


Meet at public car park close to Meldon Reservoir ( Car park is on approach road to dam.

Meldon Reservoir car park is on the approach road to the dam (voluntary contributions are requested). The car park is marked with signs from the A30 between Launceston and Okehampton and is accessed via the B3260. Approximate post code EX20 4LU
(grid ref. SX[masked]).

Accommodation options for the weekend

The Betty Cottles Inn (bed and breakfast hotel accommodation, log cabins, a bunk house, camping, 2 restaurants and a bar).
Betty Cottles Inn
Graddon Cross
EX20 4LR
Tel. [masked]

Other Campsites, B&Bs and hostels may also be available.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for each walk. Each walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop and pub at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).

Meeting and Transport

No public transport for these walks, transport by car and car sharing.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.

Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy

Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots (not trainers), warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. No one will be allowed on any of the  walks without appropriate gear. Please see our Terms and Conditions

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  • Roger W.

    Another lovely day's walk with nice sunshine and good company

    April 25, 2014

  • Anna H.

    Bleak but beautiful - thanks for another fantastic day!

    April 22, 2014

  • Lyndon

    very moorish!, but never sighted the prison or the hounds!

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Prema Claire P.

    Great walk and location, thank you!

    April 22, 2014

  • Carol

    Many thanks to you all for making it a great weekend, and introducing me to the bleak beauty of Dartmoor. Hope you had a good walk today.

    April 21, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    Wishing the walk was a month waiting for my annual bounty to arrive is never a food thing

    April 19, 2014

  • cindy

    Beautiful bleak moore and then contrasting woodland sun.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Liz T

    Hi Katrina, What a shame...I was looking forward to catching up with you. I hope you feel better soon,

    April 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry having to change my RSVP on the Easter weekend Dartmoor trip...have had virus, been off work, and just recuperating but not as quickly as I'd hoped. :-(

    April 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Shakira, yes I just phoned them about an hour ago and cancelled the three nights I was planning on staying there: Fri 18, Sat 19, Sun 20, so maybe the room is now free those nights.

      April 16, 2014

    • Shakira

      OK no worries thx

      April 16, 2014

  • Lyndon

    Anyone in High wycombe/Marlow/Henley area wish to share car travelling to Betty Cockles during day
    on Friday 18th, returning on during day on Monday 21st., please contact me.

    March 27, 2014

  • Shahzad

    Are there any single rooms available

    December 19, 2013

    • Sharon

      There were single rooms available yesterday when I booked.

      December 20, 2013

    • Shahzad

      Thanks Sharon. I will check with them

      December 20, 2013

  • Lyndon

    i may change to ETA Thursday evening through to Monday?

    December 19, 2013

  • Sharon

    Booked Betty Cottles Friday-Monday. Looking forward to it :)

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Lyndon

    Hi all,
    the Betty Cottles Inn looks very convenient for all the walks, i have already booked, prices very reasonable. they are dog friendly and have a variety of room types.

    Anyone interested in car sharing Friday- Sunday? (from HW/marlow/Henley areas please let me know.

    1 · December 19, 2013

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