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Southern summit walk on bank holiday

Posted 13 August 2010
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Southern summit walk on bank holiday
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Those wishing to climb a mountain on the bank holiday weekend but stuck far from the Highlands, Snowdonia or the Lake District may wish to join a guided walk run by the Dartmoor National Park Authority that takes in southern England's highest point.

Entitled Dartmoor's Highest Point, High Willhays is more than that, its 2,038 ft summit being the loftiest point on a ridge that also includes Yes Tor and is the only ground in England above 2,000 ft in the south.

The walk takes place on August 30th, starting at Meldon Reservoir at 11:00 BST, giving people a chance to don walking boots and enjoy the views from the summit.

People wishing to go walking on the ridge may note a sign near the Okehampton military camp pointing out how isolated the high ground is, stating the nearest higher ground in England is almost 350 miles north in the Peak District.

However, this is untrue as Black Mountain, whose summit marks the border of England and Wales, is 2,306 ft high.

One half of the mountain is in Herefordshire, while the other side is in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.

Posted by Dan Mirza