Yes Tor & Meldon Reservoir- Dartmoor

Walk Introduction - (sketch map)

Easily found , just off from the A30 (Okehampton/Tavistock) turn-off is a Meldon, follow the signs through some very narrow lanes to Meldon reservoir car park, and the walk to climb Yes Tor (2nd highest peek on Dartmoor) can begin.This walk is tough on the new walker but achievable all the same. There is an overall height gain of at least 250m and much of it at a steep (for walking) incline. Saying that, the reservoir and the fact that Dartmoor peeks above 600m are considered mountainous should give you all the motivation you need.

Walk Description

The walk is divided into 2 distinct phases; 1) ascent of Longstone Hill, and 2) The ascent of Yes Tor. Parking at the Meldon Reservoir (OS ref. 562 917) is plentiful if early and the feature itself is only a few yards walk. The track (OS ref. 563 915) from the South side of the reservoir is obvious by its wide snake up Longstone Hill to the East. The track then snakes around Longstone itself contouring south. Keep left of any forks in the track and you will arrive at the dartmoor firing range posts. Beware check firing-times before your venture. Yes Tor (619m) (OS ref. 581 902) is the 'main' visible peek easterly from the track. High Willhays, although nearby is actually not visible until quite a way up this summit due to gradient changes. It's up to you how you approach this summit, but consider appropriate footwear as the boulder-fields are difficult in places, and the gradient never lets up. Good luck, it's worth it!Heading back, if planned well is downhill all the way. Try taking the route 'over' Longstone Hills peak (412m) (OS ref. 567 911)

Diary Details

Weather: A pleasant/mild/warm March. Temp. 13-16 deg. The persistent SE wind in late March brought a fine day for climbing Yes Tor. Route: Takes in Meldon reservoir, Longstone Hill and Yes Tor. Noticeable event: First Tor over 600m (619m) 26-March-05. Group: Leader/+ 2 children under 10 Solo Distance: 5-6 km Time: 3hrs+

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Meldon Reservoir
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Meldon Reservoir
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Longstone Hill track
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Longstone Hill track
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Longstone Hill track

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Longstone Hill track

view from:
Longstone Hill track

view from:
Longstone Hill track

view of:
Longstone Hill track

view from:
Longstone Hill track

view from:
Longstone Hill track

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Longstone Hill track

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Ascent of Yes Tor

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Ascent of Yes Tor

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Ascent of Yes Tor

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Ascent of Yes Tor

Yes Tor

view from: Yes Tor
Toward: High Willhays

view from: Yes Tor

view from: Yes Tor

view from: Yes Tor
Toward: High Willhays

view from: Yes Tor

view from: Yes Tor

view from: Yes Tor

view of Homerton Hill
from Longstone Hill

Meldon Reservoir
from: Longstone Hill

Meldon Reservoir
from: Longstone Hill

Northside of:
Meldon Reservoir
 
Meldon Reservoir
   

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