Today we headed away from the coast to the remote Bodmin Moor and to some of its rocky tors and the highest point in Cornwall.
Date: 12th February 2016 Distance: 7.77km (4.83 Miles) Parking: Free Car Park near Poldue Downs
Start Location: Poldue Downs Ascent (m/ft): 449m (1473ft) Weather:

Mostly Cloudy, 7°C

Time Started: 11:17 Highest Point: Brown Willy (420m/1378ft) Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 Hours 39 Minutes    
Route: Poldue Downs - Little Rough Tor (390m/1280ft) - Rough Tor (400m/1312ft) - De Lank River - Brown Willy (420m/1378ft) - De Lank River - Little Rough Tor (390m/1280ft) - Showery Tor (385m/1263ft) - Poldue Downs

The view from the car park towards Bodmin Moor. Thats Showery Tor on the left, Little Rough Tor in the middle and Rough Tor on the right.

Zooming in on Rough Tor and at 400m above sea level its one of the highest points in Cornwall.

As you follow the path towards Rough Tor you cannot help but notice all of the ancient remains of farmsteads and settlements.


Fantastic to see so many ancient remains.


Showery Tor.

A view to the coast.

Stannon Clay Works. In the distance you can see The Rumps near where we are staying.

The summit cairn on Little Rough Tor just ahead.

The view north to Showery Tor from Little Rough Tor. Thats Crowdy Reservoir to the left.

A view over to Brown Willy.

Rocky tor, moorland, lake and rugged coastline all in one shot.

A view back to Little Rough Tor. The path was rather wet as you can see from all the recent rainfall.

The summit of Rough Tor. You can clearly see the square outline of the ancient chapel that was once up here.

An amazing summit with many interesting rocks.

Brown Willy is the next peak before heading back up here.


Garrow Tor.

A view back to Rough Tor.

The summit cairn and trig column on Brown Willy.


The view north from Brown Willy.

Rough Tor.

A close up of Rough Tor as seen from Brown Willy.

The vast expanse of Bodmin Moor.

The summit of Showery Tor. The ancient cairn circle creates a ring around the rock formation.

The central rock formation.
And the ancient cairn circle around it.
And finally a last view to Rough Tor from Showery Tor before heading back down.