Friday, 2 April 2010

#95 - High Willhays and Yes Tor

The high moors are soggy at the best of times but today the extra surface water was obvious by the swollen streams and waterfalls. Despite the forecast, the rain was intermittent and not a problem; with every downpour came a period of sunny skies that dried out the waterproofs.

After a 6 hour journey to Devon the previous day, I was sluggish, and the pull up from Meldon Reservoir to Black Tor was tougher than I remembered! This is probably my favourite tor, overlooking the West Okement river valley, and I keep promising myself that in the summer, I'll try and bivvy up here.

The rain came down as I continued up onto the roof of Devon; High Willhays, and the wind picked up as I struggled to stay upright at the trig point on Yes Tor. The return journey, at first, was hazardous, across the field of clitter that skirts the tor, down to Red-a-ven Brook. From then on it is fairly straightforward.

The rain revisited briefly, for the leg across Okehampton Common, but when I crossed the final stream onto Longstone Hill, the sun was out in all it's glory. I stopped by a lonesome holly tree (pictured right) before contouring around the hill back to the Reservoir.
  • Date: 02/04/10
  • Region: Dartmoor National Park
  • Status: Solo
  • Description: Meldon Res - Homerton Hill – Black Tor – Fordsland Ledge – High WIllhays – Yes Tor – Red-a-ven Brook – Meldon Res. - Sunny, Showers, 10km, 4hrs
  • Type of Walk: Personal Walking