Brown Willy and Bodmin Moor from Camelford

Submitted by Timwoods on 03 February 2010
OS Explorer Map: 109 - Bodmin Moor
(15 votes)
A circular, full-day moorland walk in England starting at Camelford, Cornwall, about 16.8km (roughly 10.5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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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)
Gain (+/- 10%): 461m (1513ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 908m (2978ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 446m (1465ft)
Max. Elevation: 390m (1279ft)

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OS Grid: SX106837
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.
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SX117827
Keep heading south along the Moorland Walk, passing through Watergate, where you join a road.
About 3 km (roughly 1.9 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SX114797
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.
About 3.2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SX146804
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!
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SX158799
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.
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SX151812
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.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SX138818
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.
About 3.5 km (roughly 2.2 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SX109837
Back to the town and the bus home. Being Cornwall, there are places to eat, sleep and drink to your heart's content.
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