Great Mis Tor and the Walkham valley

Another middle of the week wander, this time between two horrid days of strong winds and heavy rain. The result of this is that the rivers tend to be a bit swollen and seeing as I had to cross the Walkham twice, I did well to stay dry footed. There was even some snow still hiding in the dips although it wasn’t cold at all. This isn’t a long walk at all, however walking along the Walkham first takes you into some pretty bleak areas and you feel nicely cut off from the world out the back of Great Mis Tor. I did this walk once before on a September evening and yet again, even in February, this is a good walk which can be very easily lengthened. This was good enough for me as I had around 4 hours spare, and it was planned nicely between the low fog in the morning and the rain that arrived at 5pm.

Start – Great Mis Tor parking
Route – Over TorChurch Rock – Walkham Valley – Clay Tor (both Hemery and Crossing) – Greena Ball – Great Mis Tor – Little Mis Tor – Four Winds
Distance – 5 miles    Start time – 12.50pm     Time taken – 3hrs   Highest Point – Great Mis Tor 539 metres
Weather – Dry, overcast but not cold

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I’ve just left the parking spots at Four Winds and looking across the road to Kings Tor and Swell Tor

Where I was a week or so ago, the Staple Tors and Roos Tor. Over Tor is just over there on the right, my first target

Merrivale from Over Tor

Great Mis Tor up on the right with a few stubborn patches of snow. White Tor is beyond the Walkham valley. I’m heading along the valley next.

Looking back out of the valley towards the sea in the distance

This is the first Clay Tor on the walk, marked by Hemery in his Dartmoor book, there’s a bit more rock here than the Crossing version further along the valley.

Hemery’s Clay Tor, looking back out to Roos Tor and Great Staple Tor

The memorial is on the Crossing version of Clay Tor, and a nice quiet spot it is.

Crossing’s Clay Tor, with the River Walkham below and Roos Tor poking up

Reminder that I’m in the Merrivale firing area

Crossing’s Clay Tor on the opposite bank as I climb up to Greena Ball. Both times I hopped from rock to rock across the river, I got lucky that I didn’t get wet both times, the river was pretty high with all the snow melt and yesterday’s rain.

At the back of Great Mis Tor the rewilding of Dartmoor hasn’t really taken off!!

Looking to Beardown Tors from Great Mis Tor, and one of the two military huts up here

All the way to Greak Links Tor from up here, Its a great view even in these hazy conditions

Fur Tor and Cut Hill stand highest in the centre of the photo, it looks very bleak and barren out there today. Its also probably very boggy, judging by my trudge up here over Greena Ball

North Hessary Tor and the mast. The outcrops up here are pretty impressive and there are lots of them. Little Mis Tor is down there, where I’m heading next.

The Walkham valley down on the right as it winds its way south

The River Tamar gleams in the distance from Little Mis Tor

The Staple Tors and Cox Tor at the back from Little Mis Tor

Rush hour on Dartmoor. The farmer was collecting up his sheep, at this point he was down to the left gathering a load from down there. These lots mingled around me awaiting his return! Little Mis Tor backed by Great Mis Tor

The path down. Back left is Peek Hill, Sharpitor and Leather Tor among others

Looking back up to the Mis Tors

The clump of trees marks Four Winds with Kings Tor right, Swell Tor above the trees and Foggintor to the left. The sun was shining by now and finished off a good walk


3 thoughts on “Great Mis Tor and the Walkham valley

    • Its a fine place, I’ve done it in the summer and finished with a sunset on Great Mis which is recommended. The only tough part is crossing the Walkham but a bit of skill and less water will help

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