Walking in Bodmin
The Bodmin area has a range of walking opportunities, some within the town and some in the surrounding countryside and moorland. For serious walkers, there’s the coast to coast trail, the Saints Way, that passes through the parish of Lanivet, which is just three miles from Bodmin or indeed the wild landscape of Bodmin Moor has hiking opportunities. The two highest points in Cornwall, Rough Tor and Brown Willy, offer some wonderful walks and some truly spectacular views.
If you fancy a walk that the whole family can enjoy, the Beacon Nature Reserve, just a short walk from Bodmin Town centre, is a good choice, with several paths that loop around the 144 foot high monument; or a wander along one of the many paths at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock Estate is a beautiful place for a family stroll plus you can finish up with a tasty cream tea in the café whilst the kids use the last of their energy in the fun play park.
Take a look below for just a few ideas of walks in the Bodmin area. Or pop into the Bodmin Information Centre where the staff can give you more ideas for long and short walks. Plus there’s a range of walking books and ordnance survey maps for sale in its shop.
Beacon Nature Reserve
The Beacon is a rounded hill lying close to Bodmin town centre. At its peak lies the 144 foot high monument to Sir Water Raleigh Gilbert, built in 1857. Today the Beacon is a local nature reserve with wildlife spotting opportunities. As you stroll the footpaths criss-crossing the area see the Victorian wrestling ring, enjoy the far reaching views or if there’s a breeze, fly a kite.
St Guron's Way
The Guron’s Way is a really lovely, accessible and family friendly walk, linking the east and west sides of Bodmin.
Skirting the underside of the Beacon, the path is a relatively flat walking route with gorgeous views, benches along the way and there’s the opportunity to spot a steam train as it chugs through the countryside from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
Rough Tor to Brown Willy
Really gorgeous walking for those who fancy something a little more challenging.
Starting from the car park at Rough Tor, walkers make their way to the top of Rough Tor, Cornwall’s second highest point. Note the World War II memorial at the summit of Rough Tor.
From there, you can cross the open moorland and climb up Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest point which on a clear day affords the most spectacular views of coast and Cornish countryside.
The forestry commission’s Cardinham Woods, offers walking from easy routes to longer ones that include steep valley climbs and fantastic views.
One of the most popular and easy trails is that of the Lady Vale Walk. A 1.5 mile, circular walk that follows the river upstream to Lady Vale bridge, which takes its name from The Chapel of our Lady that stood beside the river during the 12th Century.
The Saints Way
This 27 mile route is well signed with Celtic cross markers and takes you across Cornwall from Padstow in the north to Fowey on the south coast. It follows the probable route of early Christian pilgrims making their way from Ireland and Wales to Brittany or Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, Spain.
The route starts at the picturesque harbour in Padstow and crosses the county, passing through the geographical centre of Cornwall in the village of Lanivet, heading south towards the coastal town of Fowey, where pilgrim would have set sail across the sea.
Most people choose to do the walk in two days, stopping in the Bodmin area. You can purchase a copy of the Saints Way guide from Bodmin Information Centre that describes the whole route in more detail.
National Trust Lanhydrock Estate
The Lanhydrock Great Wood and The Avenue walk is a gentle walk and a great introduction to the magical, mature, mixed and impressive parkland of the Lanhydrock estate.
From the car park, follow the signs for Lanhydrock and house and continue down to the gatehouse. The path continues down the edge of the Great Wood, taking in beautiful countryside and magnificent beech trees.