Walks on Bodmin Moor



Bodmin Moor’s landscape of granite tors and rugged landscape lends itself beautifully to walking and rambling and there is something for everyone.

There are family friendly walks like the way marked trails at Cardinham Woods which also make good cycling routes and the traffic free Camel Trail which spurs just outside of Bodmin and goes to the edge of Bodmin Moor nearby the villages of Blisland and St Breward.

For the more adventurous there’s a 60 mile route – The Copper Trail – that circumnavigates Bodmin Moor and the tors of Rough Tor and Brown Willy which provide excellent rambling as well as stunning views across the countryside.

For walk ideas on Bodmin Moor, the Information Centre stocks a range of walking books plus OS maps of the area.

More Walking on Bodmin Moor Links and Information

Cardinham Woods

Cardinham Woods is owned and managed by the Forestry commission. There are way marked trails through the woodland. Especially lovely for an afternoon family stroll is the route alongside the river as it is relatively flat and very pretty. Visit the Cardinham Woods Website.

Copper Trail

This is a 60 mile route that circumnavigates the moor and takes in some of the prettiest and most interesting spots on Bodmin Moor like Minions on the south east side and St Breward just north of Bodmin with its excellent pub and stunning views. For more details and the Copper Trail routes you can purchase The Copper Trail book at £4.95 from Bodmin Visitor Information Centre which is available by mail order or from the visitor centre gift shop when you arrive in the area.

Rough Tor

This is the second highest point on Bodmin Moor and can be found just to the east of Camelford. There is a small car park from where you can walk out onto the open moorland and climb your way to the top of the tor and from here you can enjoy a spectacular view. You can also walk across to the county’s highest point Brown Willy or follow the moorland and go around the forestry to Lanlavery Rock.


Situated on the south east side of Bodmin Moor, Minions is a lovely place to go. It is interesting both industrially with copper mine engine houses dotted on the landscape and archaeologically with the Cheesewring and the Hurlers Stone circle of particular interest. It is an easy walk to follow with free parking in the centre of the village with the option of having a well earned cream tea afterwards.

Remember help to keep Bodmin Moor a beautiful place and to keep yourself and others safe by following the Countryside Code
* Be Safe – Plan ahead and follow any signs.
* Leave gates and property as you find them.
* Protect plants and animals and take home your litter.
* Keep dogs under close control.
* Consider other people.
When walking on Bodmin Moor, it is useful to have a copy of the ordnance survey map for the area to help you find your way. The Information Centre also sells a range of walking guides and useful publications on Bodmin Moor.

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