Altarnun - Laneast - Gimblett's Mill - Altarnun

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From the picture-postcard village of Altarnun, the route offers fine views across Bodmin Moor and you'll know you're in Cornwall as it visits a whole succession of place names beginning with 'Tre'!

The church at Altarnun dates from the 15th Century and is known as 'The Cathedral of the Moor'. Venture inside to admire the carved bench ends and Norman font. The Celtic cross in the churchyard is possibly from the 6th Century. The adjacent pack-horse bridge is also 15th Century and has been beautifully restored.

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached from the pulpit in Laneast Church. A museum dedicated to him is at nearby Trewint.

Information for Dog Owners: the route is considered suitable for biddable dogs.

England - South West England - Cornwall - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
4/5/2015 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Firstly, I have to say if this walk is 'mostly flat' we took a wrong turn somewhere! There's some pretty steep inclines and declines and not much flatness at all! Also, the stone stiles took some climbing over and there's plenty of them! But this didn't deter from it being an enjoyable walk with good views and plenty of interest along the way. Good guide details. Just to let Tony know, the sun does shine here in April! ;-)

2/19/2010 - Adrian Perkins

The problem near Higher Tregunnon Farm (WP5) now seems to be solved. We have had this reply from Cornwall RoW department: "Altarnun 1 link 3 has been inspected. The building works were a rebuild of part of a milking shed alongside path. The path is not affected but at the time of the report the path may have been obstructed whilst the works were in progress. One new gate has been installed to replace an old gate so again no problem here. The Countryside Officer also met with the landowner whilst on site and improved the way marking through the yard. I can confirm the path is open and available and well way marked." So there you go - this just goes to show that reporting problems to the RoW department really can work. Many thanks Cornwall. Adrian (Admin).

9/23/2009 - Adrian Perkins

Our thanks to Roy Davenport for his updates on this walk. September 2009 Adrian (Admin)

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