Walks with prehistoric remains in Cornwall

The walks include Iron Age fortified settlements, hillforts and cliff castles, and stone circles, menhirs, barrows and the remains of settlements dating from Bronze Age and Neolithic periods.

2.6 miles/4.2 km - Easy-moderate

Warbstow Cross and Bury

A fairly short and easy circular walk around Warbstow, crossing ramparts of the massive Iron Age hillfort, through fields and along country lanes lined with wildflowers, returning via the mediaeval church which is dedicated to the daughter of a Saxon King who was tutored by the Celtic Saint Morwenna.

3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

Watergate Bay to Newquay

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk from Watergate Bay along the coast path to Newquay, passing the sea caves at Whipsiderry beach, the Iron Age hillfort on Trevelgue head and beaches of Porth, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne.

3.9 miles/6.2 km - Easy-moderate

Stannon Moor

A circular walk around Stannon Moor near St Breward with panoramic views of Bodmin Moor, passing stone circles, burial chambers and other prehistoric monuments to a massive granite boulder balanced on Louden Hill which gently rocks if you sit on it.

5 miles/8.1 km - Easy-moderate

Camelford to Watergate

A circular walk from Camelford through bluebell woods along the Camel valley to the Celtic churchyard of Advent and the Neolithic remains on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Easy-moderate

St Breward to King Arthur's Hall

A circular walk from St Breward across the Treswallock Downs to the curious prehistoric structure of King Arthur's Hall and ending at the mediaeval Old Inn.

3 miles/4.9 km - Moderate

Porthcurno to Penberth Cove

A circular walk with spectacular coastal scenery from Porthcurno to Penberth Cove, passing the famous wobbling boulder of Logan Rock and returning via the escape route from the wartime tunnels which housed one of the world's largest telegraph stations. The walk includes the massively fortified Iron Age cliff-top settlement of Treryn Dinas.

3.5 miles/5.6 km - Moderate

Minions and the Cheesewring

A circular walk around the iconic landmarks at Minions, including The Hurlers stone circles, The Cheesewring and the engine houses of the South Phoenix Mine. The route also includes the Rillaton Barrow and the Neolithic enclosure of Stowe's Pound.

3.8 miles/6 km - Moderate

East Moor to Newton

A circular walk in one of the less well-known areas of Bodmin Moor to the summit of Fox Tor and through the prehistoric remains which date from the Bronze Age and Neolithic times, including the Nine Stones circle.

4 miles/6.5 km - Moderate

Bowithick to Buttern Hill

A circular walk over the northern tip of Bodmin Moor to the prehistoric burial chamber at the top of Buttern Hill and source of the River Fowey, returning via farm tracks and country lanes to the tributary streams of the River Inny.

4.3 miles/6.9 km - Moderate

Cardinham and Bury Castle

A circular walk in the tributary valleys of Cardinham Water to the remains of the Bury Castle hill fort where the ramparts are still over 14ft high even after more than 2000 years.

5.6 miles/9 km - Moderate

Delabole to Lanteglos

A circular walk through bluebell woodland, fields and along back lanes from Delabole to Camelford's parish church at Lanteglos returning via the Iron Age forts of Castle Goff and Delinuth Camp.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Moderate

Castle-an-dinas

A mostly circular walk from the Castle-an-dinas Iron Age hillfort with 360 degree views across Cornwall, then into the valley to the River Menalhyl, followed by wooded paths lined with primroses, bluebells and wild garlic, and lanes with vibrant wildflowers.

7.4 miles/11.8 km - Moderate

St Just to Nanquidno

A circular walk from St Just to Cape Cornwall and the Cot Valley where an ancient beach has been eroded from the cliffs at Porth Nanven releasing granite boulders resembling Dinosaur eggs. The route includes Ballowall Cairn and the remnants of the Iron Age settlement at Nanjulian.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Lamorna and St Loy

A circular walk visiting prehistoric stone circles, crosses and tombs and along the granite cliffs from Lamorna Cove to the sea-polished boulders of St Loy's Cove where sailors of a sinking vessel were able to climb to safety onto a large ship which had been wrecked there seven months before.

5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate-strenuous

Roughtor and Brown Willy

A mostly circular walk to Cornwall's two highest tors passing prehistoric remains including the holy well, summit cairns and settlements.

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