Cornwall has plenty of breath-taking scenery to walk through, from the stunning coast to the wild and rugged moors. When staying at The Cormorant, one of the best boutique hotels in Fowey area, there are loads of walks to try in the area, from routes along the South West Coast Path near the seaside town of Fowey to circular walks in Bodmin Moor.
Stannon Moor – 3.9 miles, easy to moderate
Stannon Moor walking route passes the Stannon stone circles, prehistoric settlements and a burial chamber. You will also head to the top of Louden Hill, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the moor from the rocky top. The walk will then head towards Rough Tor, and the remnants of a settlement which was once based on the slopes of the tor, before turning you south to the Fernacre stone circle. On the return to your starting point, you are likely to pass several cairns and another stone circle by Steping Hill and Candra Hill. Parking for the walk is along the lane near the turning to Stannon House. Recommended footwear is waterproof boots, as the ground on the trail can be marshy all year round.
St Breward to King Arthur's Hall – 5.1 miles, easy to moderate
The St Breward walk to King Arthur’s Hall starts from St Breward Church, then follows country lanes across Treswallock Downs to Casehill. At Casehill, you can enjoy panoramic views over King Arthur Downs. From that point, the route will cross the moor to the prehistoric relic called King Arthur’s Hall, near Nampara cottage, one of the settings in the BBC show Poldark. The route then turns back through a series of ancient field systems and farms, crossing River Camel and the small De Lank River, before returning to St Breward. Parking for the walk can be found on the roadside next to St Breward.
Minions and the Cheesewring – 3.5 miles, moderate
On this circular walk, you will pass The Hurlers stone circles, the Bronze Age barrow where a gold goblet was once excavated and a stone hut of a stone mason and mathematician. The route then climbs to Stowe’s Hill to the Cheesewring formation. The natural formation is a famous spot on Bodmin Moor, and its name is due to the resemblance of a press device that was used to make cheese. The route then descends to the hamlet of Sharptor and onto the engine houses of Phoenix United Mine. On the last stretch of the walk, you will follow old mining trails along Craddock Moor, passing the Minions Heritage Centre. Recommended parking for the walk is at Hurlers Carpark, and you can get a bite to eat in the village of Minions.
St Clether to the Rising Sun - 5.6 miles, moderate
The St Clether walk follows a church path from the church to the chapel and holy well, continuing onto the nature reserve and Inny Valley. From there, you cross back over your starting point by St Clether to pass over the River Inny, by a waterfall, then through a meadow. The route then follows footpaths past a ruined barn to a emerge near the Rising Sun Inn. On your return to St Clether, the walk will take you via quiet tracks, crossing field and Basil Manor. Parking can be found at the church car park.
Rough Tor and Brown Willy - 5.2 miles, moderate to challenging
The walk to the summits of Rough Tor and Brown Willy is a favourite for many who visit Bodmin Moor. The trail first takes you to Rough Tor, via Holy Well, following the Showery Tor ridge, where you can enjoy views towards the North Cornwall coast on clear days. The path then drops down into the valley and takes you to the top of Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall. From that point, you have views to the south, including the China clay hills around St Austell. Your return route will circle the base of Rough Tor through remains of prehistoric settlements. Walking boots are recommended, as it can be tricky terrain and marshy in parts. Parking can be found at Rough Tor carpark.
Take a look at some other walking suggestions on previous blog posts:
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