Somewhere different this week and one I was looking forward to. It was about time I headed to the highest point in Cornwall, for some reason I had never made it this far north on Bodmin Moor but today was about putting that right. I’d previously walked around the Minions area of Bodmin Moor, which is a fine area, loads to see and some mighty tors. For some reason the tor outcrops on Bodmin are far larger than those on Dartmoor. I’m thinking specifically of Bearah Tor and Kilmar Tor. Well I can add Brown Willy and especially, Rough Tor to that list. Huge outcrop, enormous boulders, stacked high with big drop offs. That said there is a problem with this part of Bodmin Moor, fences and a lack of a path. The fences are everywhere, criss-crossing what is an open access moorland area, which is more than you can say for the paths. There are gates in the fences but they tend to be located away in the distance and clearly placed to make walking and creating a route more difficult. The signs claim the fences are to stop the farm animals from wandering too far, but some of the gates on a clear path were locked and the only real proper path was between Rough Tor and Brown Willy in truth and whilst parts are owned by the National Trust, its clear that the farmers rule here. It leaves you a bit disappointed in what should be an enjoyable walking area. So for me the better part of Bodmin Moor is around the Cheesewring and Minions area.
Start – Jamaica Inn roadside parking
Route – Codda – Tolborough Tor – Codda Tor – Pete’s Rock – Brown Willy – Maiden Tor – De Lank river – Showery Tor – Little Rough Tor – Rough Tor – Rough Tor Stone Circle – Brown Willy – Catshole Tor – Jamaica Inn roadside parking
Distance – 10.5 miles Start time – 9.30am Time taken – 6hrs Highest Point – Brown Willy 420 metres
Weather – Sunshine and lots of it, warmer eventually but very breezy