Circular walk around Rough Tor and Brown Willy

Rough Tor 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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The walk climbs to the summit of Rough Tor, via the Holy Well, and follows the ridge Showery Tor, where there are spectacular views to the North Cornish coast. The route then drops into the valley and climbs to the top of Brown Willy - the highest point in Cornwall - where there are views south to the China clay hills around St Austell. The return route circles the base of Rough Tor, through the remains of prehistoric settlements overlooking the Fernacre stone circle.


  • Roughtor - Bodmin Moor's most rugged and iconic tor
  • Weather-sculpted granite on the top of Showery Tor
  • Spectacular panoramic views from the summits of Rough Tor and Brown Willy
  • Cairns, stone circles and other remnants of ancient Neolithic civilization
  • Brown Willy - the highest point in Cornwall
  • Bronze Age hut circles, field systems and enclosures


  • There are granite boulders that need to be negotiated particularly towards the summit of Roughtor and when descending into the valley between the tors.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 109
  • Distance: 5.2 miles/8.4 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate-strenuous
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots (marshy even in summer)

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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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