A jaunt around the highest point on Dartmoor

The Dartmoor National Park in the heart of Devon is 365 sq miles of stunning and varied scenery with magnificient granite outcrops called Tors One of England’s last wilderness’ its is truly a fabulous place to enjoy the great outdoors.

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On Sunday I spent a very enjoyable few hours walking the high moor in beautifully clear and sunny weather. Starting out from just below West Mill Tor to the South of Okehampton we followed an army track to DInger Tor at about 550m above sea level before onward to Lints Tor standing prominent and proud above the West Okement River that finds it way to the sea via the river Torridge at Bideford. A truly beautiful spot in the winter sunshine.

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From Lints Tor we climbed back up to towards High Willhays, the highest point on Dartmoor and the South of England at  621m above sea level, a tad over 2000 ft and just 2m higher than our next objective and its near neighbour Yes Tor along the ridge. As a useless piece of trivia, Yes Tor features on the cover of  the Yes album Tomato,

The panorama was magnificent with views as far afield as the satellite dishes of the GCHQ listening post at Morwenstow just North of Bude 28 miles away.

Refreshed and invigorated we headed back to the car. Dartmoor is truly magnificent in any season and I shall be visiting it again before the week is out.

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