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walking in Bodmin Moor

Walks on Bodmin Moor

The seasons, the light, the weather and the beautiful landscape will make your walks here on Bodmin Moor very special and memorable.

MinionsStowes Hill and the Cheesewring, Bodmin Moor

The open moorland around Minions has many important historic sites and a small Heritage Centre, so this is an ideal place to learn a little about the Bodmin Moor.


A short walk from the Heritage Centre at Minions are the Hurlers stone circles, then continue to the Cheesewring and Stowes Hill.






Winter on Stowes Hill
and the Cheesewring


mining on Caradon Hill, Bodmin MoorIndustrial Archaeology on Caradon Hill and Craddock Moor

With amazing visible remains of the ninteenth century copper mining era and granite quarrying, this area is part of our World Heritage site.


Park at the Heritage Centre car park and walk along the disused railway line to see views of the old copper mining sites.

Continue as far as the quarry where you can climb around the side of the quarry to the Cheesewring, which is the name given to the granite stack at the high edge of the quarry face.

Remains of mining on Caradon Hill



Castick Woods to Hawk's Tor on Bodmin MoorWoodland to moorland at Trebartha

There are beautiful woodlands to be found on the slopes of the Lynher Valley, climbing steeply to the edge of Bodmin Moor.

A steep walk on the bridleway from Trebartha, near North Hill, emerges from Castick Wood onto Hawkstor Down.


For this walk start at North Hill, follow the footpath through East Castick Farm then the bridleway that climbs steeply up through Castick Wood to Access Land. Your walk can continue past Hawk's Tor to Trewortha Tor.

The path to Hawk's Tor



stone circle on Bodmin Moor

Prehistoric sites

Bodmin Moor has many prehistoric sites where there are the remains of Neolithic cairns, stone circles and stone rows. To find these you will need to use a map and compass to navigate the open moor.

The Bronze Age stone circles found across the moor vary in size from the small circle pictured here , the Nine Stones, to the three circles at Minions, the Hurlers.

The impressive Hurlers stone circles at Minions are an easy walk from the car park.



Nine Stones stone circle



Planning your walk

Before you set out check the Access Land maps online (see the link below) and plan your route to avoid difficulties. The moor can be wet and boggy, with streams to cross. Be aware that the weather on Bodmin Moor can change very quickly so it is sensible to let someone know where you are walking, and take a warm layer and waterproof jacket.

When you visit please support our local businesses and respect this special place.
We hope you will enjoy the moor... and leave only footprints, take only memories.



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For more information  
Access Land Maps www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk/things_to_do/open_access
Countryside Access and Code www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk
Cornwall Archaeological Heritage Access to Monuments
Cornwall Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty
AONB website
Bodmin Moor Leaflet : 400 million years in the making! Bodmin Moor Leaflet in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish






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