Helman Tor and Red Moor circular walk

Helman Tor and Red Moor

A circular walk to the neolithic enclosure on summit of Helman Tor and through the woodland of Cornwall's largest nature reserve.

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The walk begins with a short climb to the summit of Helman Tor then descends to the tree-covered moor. The route follows paths through the woods and then enters the Red Moor nature reserve. The walk passes through woodland and clearings to reach the lake and then an area of denser tree cover. The final stretch of the route is through meadows.


  • Cornwall's largest nature reserve
  • Views from Helman Tor


  • This is a wilderness reserve so expect some vegetation encroaching onto paths particularly on the descent from Helman Tor where secateurs are recommended to clear any recent bramble or gorse growth.
  • This is also a wetland nature reserve so it can get pretty boggy after prolonged wet weather. Select footwear accordingly. The boardwalks obviously rot quite quickly in the damp conditions so expect some wobbles but they do eventually get repaired or replaced by CWT.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 107
  • Distance: 3.2 miles/5.2 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Waterproof boots (even in summer). Wellies in wetter months.

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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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