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Walks & Walking

The best map locally is OS Explorer Map 109; Bodmin Moor (a perfect fit!).

Recommended Local Walks

There are many choices of walks that you can take, either direct from Redgate Smithy or after taking a short drive, that we can recommend for you. We can also supply details and maps of walks to guide you, during your stay, including...

-   Golitha Falls   -   St Cleer and Trethevy Quoit   -   Sibleyback Lake   -   Two Valleys Walk   -
-   Minions, Hurlers and the Cheesewring   -   Minions, Stowe's hill and Kilmar Tor   -
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Caradon Hill   -   Wild Walks on Bodmin Moor   - Coastal Walks   ...and more!

You can either choose simply to go down to Golitha Falls, where there is much to explore, or to walk further afield up to Siblyback Lake and the lower areas of the Moor. A walk around Siblyback Lake itself is particularly pleasant, with much to see, and is one of our favourite walks!

Walking to St Cleer

For an easy walk, our local village of St Cleer is in easy walking distance, reached via a very pleasant wander down the lane, and up through Treworrick. There are fine views down the upper reaches of the East Looe river valley, and back towards the little hamlet of Redgate. St Cleer has two good pubs (a good excuse for a walk, a drink, or meal!), and a fine parish church.

View of St.Cleer from King Doniert's Stone
A view of St Cleer taken from near King Doniert's Stone

The Copper Trail... our local long distance walk

The Copper Trail BookThe Copper Trail was opened in July 2005. This new Trail is a long distance 60 mile circular walk around the Bodmin Moor, divided into six sections and days. The opening of the Copper Trail coincided with the publication of a new detailed guide and information book by Mark Camp, which details the route and pinpoints the attractions and history to be found along the way.

See Bodmin Moor Books & Downloads on PhotoFile Cornwall
for how to get a
FREE Copper Trail Book (or a free one on arrival when you stay with us!)

The Copper Trail circumnavigates "The Hidden Heart of Cornwall". To quote from Mark's book...
"It is a special place, rich in birdsong and wildlife, largely unspoilt, despite its industrial past. It's a place
where the pace of life is slow and farming is less intensive than elsewhere in the country. Wild flowers grow
in abundance - drifts of primroses in the hedgerows and carpets of bluebells in the woods."

The Copper Trail route incorporates some of Cornwall's finest scenery, including features around our part of the moor such as Golitha Falls, many pretty moorland villages - St.Neot has won the national Village of the Year award (and now Village of the Decade!), ancient archaeological sites such as Trethevy Quoit and the the Iron Age hill-fort of Berry Castle, and World Heritage Cornish Mining sites such as the South Caradon copper mine and the Phoenix Mines.

Redgate Smithy is a good starting point or stop-over along the way, as it is situated just by the Trail above Golitha Falls. Alternatively, why not use Redgate Smithy as a base, and drive to each section? Alternatively, just walk a section of the Copper Trail while you are here - Minions to St.Neot is particularly good, and Redgate Smithy is right in the middle!

Walking on Bodmin Moor

For an excellent walking guide on Bodmin Moor, or for anywhere else in the area, then you need look no further than WalkaboutWest, run by Mark Camp, the above mentioned book author and Blue Badge Guide.

From Siblyback, there is Open Access land leading directly up on to Bodmin Moor itself, or from nearby St.Neot, there is the excellent "Two Valleys Walk", that is based on the valleys of the River Loveny and the River Fowey, and the heights of Berry Down. There are also some very good local Walking Books and Guides and information books available... why not order them from us before your visit?

Track out towards Kilmar Tor
The old track out towards Kilmar Tor on Bodmin Moor

If you take a short drive up onto the wide open spaces of the Moor itself, then parking at Minions is an excellent idea. Here there is easy access for exploring the whole of the south east area of the moor, and there are many good paths and old track-ways that can be followed, or you can explore new paths of your own - though watch out for pot-holes, pisky beds, and old mine pits! There is much Open Access land on Bodmin Moor, and there are many published walks in the area, both short and long. These include the Cheesewring, Gold Diggings Quarry, Sharp Tor, Bearah Tor, and Kilmar Tor.

A word of warning though - Bodmin Moor is a beautiful place, but in inclement weather, it is very easy to get lost or disorientated, and all sensible precautions, maps and clothing should be taken with you.

!!! Do let us know if you plan something adventurous, and when you plan to be back !!!

Walking by the Sea

Alternatively, there are of course some excellent walks on the coast, which is but a half hour's drive away. The South East coast of Cornwall is on the South West Coast Path, and there are plenty of excellent walks to be found on our local stretch, particularly between Looe, Polperro and Fowey. The "Hall Walk" around Fowey Harbour, Pont Pill and Bodinnick is also one of our favourites, or you could try Pencarrow Head and Lantic Bay, or the Coast Path between Polruan and Polperro, or just explore the smugglers' paths and tracks around Lansallos Cove.

Lantic Bay and the SW Coast Path
Lantic Bay and the South West Coast Path

On a clear sunny day, the nearest places to see the sea to us are literally just up the road at the site of King Doniert's Stone along the St.Cleer road, or the very fine views available from up on the moor!

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