A circular, full-day moorland walk in England starting at Camelford, Cornwall, about 17km (roughly 11 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. Brown Willy is the highest point in Cornwall - not that the competition is that fierce - and a popular destination for those exploring Bodmin Moor. This walk from the small town of Camelford starts by heading through some classic Cornish countryside along the Moorland Walk route, then explores the wilds of the moor. There's plenty to explore and no trip to Cornwall is complete without a trip to the moor - just keep an eye out for the fabled beast... Start: Camelford, OS Grid: SX106837 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres) Start: Camelford, OS Grid: SX106837 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 461m (1513ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 908m (2978ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 446m (1465ft)
Max. Elevation: 390m (1279ft)
Start in Camelford, which has good bus connections. The Moorland Way is opposite the Post Office in the town centre. Follow it south over a footbridge to Treclago, where it veers east to Aldermoor Farm.
Keep heading south along the Moorland Walk, passing through Watergate, where you join a road.
At Harpur's Downs, leave the Moorland Way and enter the open countryside of Dinnever Hill. This area is famous for its many stone circles - over 150 round here - and you may well spot the old rocks protruding through the moorland grass. Take a bearing due east towards Roughtor Moors.
This area of granite tors, owned by the National Trust, is a great viewpoint. Views over to Brown Willy, or the Stannon china clay works. It's a quintessential moorland for southwest England - ponies, sheep and no doubt a bit of a nip in the air!
From Roughtor Moors, head across the dip onto Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall. Beware the Brown Willy effect - heavy rain showers often start around the tor.
From Brown Willy, head northwest, passing between Maiden Tor and the northern side of Rough Tor. You can pick up the path heading out to Roughtor Road, which is the way home.
A long walk back via a road may not sound ideal, but this is a quiet(ish) country lane through some classic Cornish farmland. It's also very straight. Check the hedgerows for flowers and a host of farmland bird species.
Back to the town and the bus home. Being Cornwall, there are places to eat, sleep and drink to your heart's content.