Saturday, 1 December 2018

Yes Tor and High Willhays

High Willhays
High Willhays

This was my first visit to the so called 'Roof of Devon', comprised of High Willhays, Hampster Tor (though in dispute) and Yes Tor. It was an iffy day but that didn't stop us.

Parking up at Rowtor car park, it would make sense only to bag the tor of the same name, but I had already been (not previously logged) and so decided to contour it, taking the army track all the way to the col between Hampster and Yes.

Cosdon Beacon
Cosdon Beacon

We had lunch on Hampster Tor, after summiting High Willhays. As is the same for everyone else who visits this Marilyn (a hill with a prominence of over 150 metres), the outcrops that make up this tor aren't impressive, but I quite like their appearance; typical horizontal jointing especially for the amateur geologist.

High Willhays Highest Point
High Willhays highest point

High Willhays
High Willhays

Hampster Tor
Hampster Tor

Hampster Tor
Hampster Tor

Cairn building is definitely a favourite past time; ugly manmade structures that, other than providing a navigational feature (useful in bleak areas), they distract from the natural beauty that is Dartmoor. Yes Tor was next.

Great Links Tor (left)
Great Links Tor (left)

West Okement Valley Glacier
West Okement Valley Glacier

Yes Tor
Yes Tor

Yes Tor
Yes Tor

The views from Yes Tor are some of the best in the national park. Helped by being located on the periphery of the high moor, the land drops dramatically (for south-west standards) revealing the rolling hills of North Devon.

From this vantage point, we could see a faint path leading to West Mill Tor, but firstly negotiating bog beside the Red-e-ven Brook

Yes Tor
Yes Tor

Yes Tor
Yes Tor

Crossing the Red-a-ven Brook
Crossing the Red-a-ven Brook

Coco
Coco

West Mill Tor
West Mill Tor

Yes Tor mountain
Yes Tor mountain

West Mill is a good tor, but we didn't spend long here. We made to rejoin the track past the rifle butts below Rowtor. 

Despite not visiting Row in this walk, I will include a label of it to make up for the lack of previous documentation. Writing this blog over a year later, I have been back to Row to bag it properly since.

West Mill Tor Rocks
West Mill Tor

West Mill Tor
West Mill Tor

Rowtor
Rowtor

Rowtor
Rowtor