Circular walk from North Hill to Hawks Tor

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.

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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

The walk starts from the village hall, passing the church, then descends into the Lynher valley. The route crosses the river then climbs up onto the slopes of the Hawkstor Downs, beneath the summit of Hawk's Tor. The route then turns back along Withey Brook and follows it through Castick Wood, past the ancient Iron Age fort of Allabury, before a crossing of the River Lynher to return to North Hill.

Highlights

  • Panoramic views across Bodmin Moor
  • Ancient church and Holy Well at North Hill
  • Pretty woodland and riverside scenery along the River Lynher
  • Bluebells in April and early May
  • Rhododendron flowers in May
  • Local food and drink at the Racehorse Inn

Considerations

  • The path towards Hawk's Tor is very rocky and uneven.
  • Can get very muddy in winter

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 109
  • Distance: 3.7 miles/5.9 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate-strenuous
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots; waterproof boots in winter
  • Pub: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Racehorse Inn

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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