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A moorland adventure

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Dartmoor in Devon, England, about 25.90km (16.09 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:45. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 588m (1929ft)
Loss 583m (1912ft)
Max. Elevation 620m (2034ft)
Elevation (total) 1171m (3841ft)
Start & End
Okehampton Station
Distance 25.90km
(16.09mi)
Duration ~7:45
Difficulty  
Strenuous
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by GaryShipp on 22 Jan 2012
This route is a circuitous way to the highest summit of the moor, taking in some of the wilder places and viewpoints on the way.

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Walk Map

Waypoints

OS Grid SX591944
Services run from Exeter St Davids on summer Sundays
Gate to Bridleway About 0.07 km (~0.04 miles) from
OS Grid SX592945
Head for the corner of the car park where you'll find a gate through to some steps. Turn right on the track and head through Tramlines Wood.
Railway and road bridge About 1.05 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SX602947
At the river, turn right. Go under the railway bridge, and then the considerably less aesthetic road bridge and follow the western bank of the East Okement River.
Halstock Wood About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SX606941
Beautiful wooded river valley known in this part of the world as a 'cleave'.
Bridge About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid SX607934
Cross over the river here.
Top of steep ascent About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid SX608936
Whilst these are hills, rather than mountains, there are still plenty of slopes to get the pulse racing.
Tarka Trail About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid SX610927
Cross the wide track and head south east to the beckoning rocky ridge
Belstone Common About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SX615924
Scattered and shattered rocks abound. Keep to the high point for atmospheric views in all directions.
Irishman's Wall About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SX613919
As always, one can only marvel at the work that went in to building this.
Path at cairn About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid SX610913
Join the path again and head south to the imposing summit of Oke Tor.
Oke Tor About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
OS Grid SX611899
Military use of the moor is evident here. Look out for the red range flag indicating live firing is going on in the area, in which case you'll need to make a plan B for your route.
River crossing About 1.40 km (~0.87 miles) from
OS Grid SX613886
Depending on recent rain fall, this could be a quick splash across, or something requiring a little more caution.
Hangingstone Hill About 2.49 km (~1.55 miles) from
OS Grid SX615861
Looking south you'll trully experience the feeling of wilderness that Dartmoor can conjure.
Cranmere Pool About 1.43 km (~0.89 miles) from
OS Grid SX601858
For full background to this place visit http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/cranmere_pool.htm
Military Track About 1.92 km (~1.19 miles) from
OS Grid SX601877
After your recent bog hopping, you might welcome the respite of this track. Yet it still seems terribly out of place in this otherwise wild area.
Crossroads About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid SX598887
Turn left and head along the path.
Junction About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SX587887
Turn left at the junction.
Dinger Tor About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SX585881
High Willhays About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid SX579891
Dartmoor's high point at a heady 621m.
Yes Tor About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid SX580902
The slightly lower partner to High Willhays, but a little more presence as a 'proper' Dartmoor Tor.
Towards the track About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SX567907
Crossopen ground, heading (if visibility allows) towards the reservoir.
Descent towards the reservoir About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid SX565914
Easy going downhill towards the reservoir.
Meldon Reservoir About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SX561916
An impressive site against the back drop of the blackened moor.
Meldon Viaduct About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
OS Grid SX564923
For details see http://www.meldonviaduct.co.uk. Worth the walk under and then over this impressive piece of railway architecture.
Cycle Track About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SX567931
An easy route back to the start.
Back at the start About 2.63 km (~1.63 miles) from
OS Grid SX590944
Okehampton station again. For your train or the cafe.

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