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High Willhays

High Wilhayes, High Willes, Hight Wyll, Hight Will, The Roof of Devon, High Willows

Known as 'The Roof of Devon', this is the highest point in England south of Black Hill in Herefordshire (and not, as commonly stated, south of Kinder Scout in the Peak District). The tor actually consists of several low weathered outcrops and a cairn atop the highest granite.

The name 'High Willhays' is an interesting one and in Guide to Dartmoor, William Crossing stated; "High Willes has been thought to have derived its name from Huel, or Wheal, signifying a mine, but as old workings are invariably found near streams, this is not very probable. The name appears in 1532 as Hight Wyll, and in later documents as High Willows."

Although the small outcrops are uninspiring in appearance the views are not, and the huge expanse of open moorland deep into the northern moor is fantastic, with some of the remotest tors such as Fur Tor in clear view. It has also been a contender for Hampster Tor, in the past.

High Willhays
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SX 5802 8921
Okehampton Hamlets
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William Crossing
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William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor

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