Brown Willy and Rough Tor

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Cornwall is probably one of the most interesting counties of England. To start with, a true Cornishman will tell you that it shouldn't really be counted as English at all. Hence one local saying, 'Cornwall is next to England... just like Wales is'. There's a definite feel of being somewhere slightly foreign and exotic. Most of the walking interest in Cornwall is around the coastline and rightly so. The Cornish Coastal Path would provide you with enough walking for several holidays. But, Cornwall does have upland areas and this walk visits the highest point in Cornwall, Brown Willy, which is all of 420 metres high. In this case size isn't everything and the walk, although short in length, is packed with interest.

The route begins at the National Trust car park for Rough Tor and starts by heading for Showery Tor. After that comes a short descent before heading up to the summit of Brown Willy, a good place to have lunch or to explore. After Brown Willy you retrace your steps for a short distance before the ascent of Rough Tor, which again is a fascinating hill to wander around. An easy descent takes you back to the car park.

The short distances, low hills and interesting features make this a walk for the whole family and kids would love it. Dogs are no problem on the first part of the walk, but the ascent to Brown Willy has a couple of stiles and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest – a sign requests that dogs be kept on leads for this section and that walkers keep to the paths.

Although the time given for the walk is short, be prepared to spend much longer – you will not want to tear yourself away. Altogether this is the best way to get high in Cornwall.

England - South West England - Cornwall - Bodmin Moor


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Good for Kids, Great Views, Moor, National Trust
7/12/2022 - Stephen Harris

Walked 7.7.2022 This is a lovely walk, and easy by hill climb standards. Allow a good 4 hours if you want to enjoy the views. Directions are still valid but you should only attempt this walk in good weather or there will not be much to see!. There are cattle on sections of this walk so beware. Stunning views and well written! 10/10.

4/27/2021 - gordon saunderson

Lovely walk, easy directions to follow on a clear day. One thing to note is between April and July dogs must be kept on lead for whole walk due to birds nesting. Out of those months it is just in one area as stated where they must be on lead

7/12/2009 - Stephen Harris

A splendid walk on Bodmin Moor. Perfect directions (so long as you have a good sense of direction). I would recommend walking boots and poles as parts are muddy and over the various summits, rocky. Also, get to the start early as parking is limited and it does get very busy!. Fantastic views. Be aware of the wind and the fact that this area is frequented by swift changes of weather. A very good walk with perfect instructions. 10/10.