Walks around Bodmin Moor

If you're looking for a circular walk on the high parts of the moor try the Roughtor and Brown Willy walk, the Minions and Cheesewring walk or the Altarnun and West Moor walk. The Stannon Moor walk is particularly good for prehistoric remains. For a pub walk, you could try one of the walks from St Breward, Blisland or St Clether.

2.2 miles/3.5 km - Easy-moderate

Blisland to Lavethan Wood

A short circular walk from the village of Blisland through the churchyard, two stretches of the Woodland Trust reserve of Lavethan Wood and land which was once the estates of Lavethan and Barlandew manors, returning via the Holy Well of St Hyacinth and St Pratt.

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.

4.3 miles/7.0 km - Easy-moderate

Tremail to Davidstow

A circular walk on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor through the WW2 airbase on Davidstow Moor, the tunnel of trees to Treworra and past the source of the River Inny to the Church and Holy Well of St David.

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.

5.3 miles/8.5 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.

5.5 miles/8.8 km - Easy-moderate

Altarnun and West Moor

A walk from Altarnun across the downs and out onto the open moor where the relics of mediaeval tin workings and prehistoric roundhouses can still be seen

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 kilometres - Moderate

North Hill to Hawks Tor

A circular walk along prehistoric trade routes in the Lynher valley from the village of North Hill where the granite was quarried to build Westminster Bridge.

4.4 miles/7 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.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate

Poley's Bridge to Blisland

A circular walk from Poley's Bridge along the Camel Trail past the old china clay driers to Wenfordbridge and crossing the De Lank valley and Pendrift Downs to Blisland, returning over the mediaeval river crossing at Keybridge.

5.6 miles/9.0 km - Moderate

St Clether to the Rising Sun

A figure-of-8 walk from St Clether past the ancient chapel and holy well, with views over the Inny Valley, to the Rising Sun pub near Altarnun, serving beer made from the moorland springwater by a local micro-brewery.

6.4 miles/10.3 km - Moderate

St Breward to Advent

A circular walk from St Breward past the granite pillars of Devil's Jump to the 8ft Celtic cross and ancient churchyard of Advent at the foot of the moors, returning via the remains of the mediaeval village of Carwether to the Inn used by 11th century monks to build the highest church in Cornwall.

4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate-strenuous

Blisland to Newton Downs

A circular walk from Blisland through Waterloo and across the Trehudreth Downs with panoramic views of Bodmin Moor, returning via the moorland brooks and downs of Newton and Metherin.

4.3 miles/6.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

Blisland and Pendrift Downs

A circular walk from Blisland through the De Lank granite quarry, used for many famous buildings including Royal Opera House, between the moss-covered boulders and trees of the De Lank river valley and across the Pendrift Downs, passing Jubilee Rock - a huge granite boulder, decorated with carvings.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

St Neot Two Valleys

A circular walk from St Neot though the valley of the River Loveny, past a prehistoric settlement, through bluebell woodland and along the River Fowey, and returning via the church, famous for its mediaeval stained glass.

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.

6.6 miles/10.6 km - Moderate-strenuous

Inny Valleys from Altarnun

A circular walk around the valleys of the River Inny and Penpont Water to the mediaeval church at Laneast and the old bridge at Gimlett's Mill from the 15th century "Cathedral of the Moors" in Altarnun, set beside a 6th Century Celtic cross where churches and chapels had been throughout the Dark Ages.