Saturday, 26 April 2014

Rough Tor & Brown Willy (Cornwall)

Not an area I have walked in before so whilst down in Cornwall on a family holiday we decided to head out onto Bodmin Moor for a walk up Rough Tor and the oddly named Brown Willy (highest point in Cornwall at 420m). This is not exactly a very taxing walk and I would class it as ideal for a family. The paths are pretty well defined and in fact I committed a cardinal sin for a walker and set off without a map!! Shock Horror!! However as I’m writing this we obviously survived and are not still wondering aimlessly around Bodmin Moor being hunted by a large wild cat.

Rough Tor

We parked in the Rough Tor car park and headed straight for Brown Willy following the path which dissects Rough Tor and Showery Tor. Then dropping down into a remote valley and crossing the De Lank River at a bridge next to boundary fences and a stile. We then started our nice steady ascent of Brown Willy.

Megan enjoying the freedom
Looking at Rough Tor


Brown Willy summit afforded some fine views especially with the clear blue skies so we stopped here for a while and had lunch. Once refreshed after a nice break we then headed back down the valley and up onto Rough Tor were we had a little play on the many summit boulders which are larger than you think close up before heading back to the car and a nice café stop for tea and cake at the Boscastle Farm shop which was a lovely location overlooking the coast.

Brown Willy Summit
Rough Tor from Brown Willy

Forever alert even during a lunch stop on Brown Willy
Brown Willy Ridge

Looking back to Brown Willy Summit from the ridge
Rough Tor
Rough Tor 
Rough Tor Boulders and view
Admiring the view


  1. Looks like you had some fantastic weather. Great views

    1. Thanks Mark, yes was like this all week. I was lucky again! one of these days I will time it wrong.