Caradon Hill to Trethevy Quoit circular walk

Caradon Hill to Trethevy Quoit

A circular walk in the valley of the River Seaton to the Neolithic tomb from the copper mines of Caradon Hill where the brittle ore could not be usefully crushed by machine so teenage girls were used instead to break the ore with hammers.

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The initial section of the walk is through the workings of South Caradon mine. The route then follows the River Seaton and the Caradon Trail to Trethevy Quoit. From here the route gradually descends into the Seaton Valley via small lanes and wooded paths. After crossing the river, fields, tracks, small lanes and the old railway trackbed form the return route.


  • Lots of mining heritage including engine houses
  • Spectacular bluebells in Rosecraddoc Woods in April and May
  • Trethevy Quoit - massive tomb of a prehistoric chieftan
  • A mix of moorland, mining landscapes, small fields and woods in the Seaton Valley


  • One stile on the route consists of stone footholds over a wall.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 109
  • Distance: 5 miles/8 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots for most of the year; mud-proof boots (e.g. wellies) in winter after prolonged rain.
  • Pub: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Crows Nest Inn

Adjoining walks

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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