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|Caradon Hill and the Copper Mines|
|Author: Claire, Published: 07 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Cornwall, Bodmin Moor|
|A 4.5 mile fairly strenuous circular walk across Caradon Hill on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The walk starts from Minions, the highest village in Cornwall, and heads out onto Caradon Hill, following the well made track around the hill edge on the easy outgoing section. The walk route then climbs to the hill’s summit before descending through old quarries and tin/copper mines to reach the stream in the valley and follows this stream through farmland to return to the village. There are plenty of spectacular views throughout and you’ll also have chance to explore the ruins of the mining industry that shaped this part of Cornwall in the 1800s. |
The walk is very exposed so make sure you are well prepared. Caradon Hill is home to free roaming horses, sheep and ponies so take particular care with dogs. The walk follows tracks and open areas of Bodmin Moor which, as you would expect, will be very wet and boggy after wet weather so good waterproof boots are a must. Some of the tracks are rocky and uneven underfoot and after periods of rain the tracks running alongside the stream can be standing in an inch or two of water. The first stretch of path following the stream is very rocky and you will need to scramble for just a short distance. The second section following the stream across the fields can be very muddy. There are two stiles (both with easy crossing points for dogs) plus a few gates. Approximate time 2-3 hours, depending on the conditions underfoot.
The walk starts from ‘The Hurlers’ car park in the village of Minions. The free car park is marked with a brown sign and is on the main road through the village at the southern side. Approximate post code PL14 5LE.
|Car Park to Disused Engine House|
Start point: 50.5137 lat, -4.4555 long
Leave the Hurler’s Car Park onto the road and turn left heading to the centre of the village. Turn right down the tarmac lane, immediately to the right of the shop/post office, heading directly for the mast on the hill ahead. Pass by a number of properties on the right and then as soon as the wall on the left bends left, turn left to follow the wall heading for the disused engine houses ahead. Pass through the gap in the wall ahead, a few paces to your right, and then continue on the path to reach the first disused engine house.
|Disused Engine House to View of Upton Cross|
Start point: 50.515 lat, -4.449 long
Continue past this engine house on your right, heading in the direction of the second engine house over the small ridge ahead. Climb to the brow of this low ridge and you will find it is in fact an old rail track. Turn right onto this fairly obvious track, with the mast of the hill to the right and the second engine house with chimney to the left.
|View of Upton Cross to Spoil Heap|
Start point: 50.5156 lat, -4.4313 long
Soon afterwards the old rail track once again becomes a long straight section, this time heading south. Follow the track for some distance.
|Spoil Heap to Gap in Stone Wall|
Start point: 50.5054 lat, -4.4284 long
Follow the main track ahead and as it swings to the right, keeping the spoil heap on your right. The path now runs uphill with a stone wall on the left. At the T-junction turn right and then follow the main track heading straight up hill to pass by the entrance to Wheal Tor Lodge on the right.
|Gap in Stone Wall to Quarry Mouth|
Start point: 50.5054 lat, -4.4318 long
Pass through the gap in the stone wall and turn right to follow the grass path heading uphill with the wall on your right. Continue climbing the path and over to your left you’ll have wonderful views over to the south Cornwall coast.
|Quarry Mouth to Track Junction|
Start point: 50.5081 lat, -4.4432 long
Turn left on the narrow less obvious path heading downhill towards the village in the distance. Continue on this path downhill and sweeping slightly left to head for the ruined engine houses and chimneys on the brow of the ridge below and for the village in the distance.
|Track Junction to Valley Bottom|
Start point: 50.5026 lat, -4.4445 long
Turn right at the furthest T-junction onto the lower main stone track heading down to the valley bottom. Follow the path as it swings gradually right and then continue as it swings sharp left with the stream now visible on your right. Just before you reach the tall chimney ahead, turn sharp right onto a path under an arch of trees to emerge out to the stream at the valley bottom.
|Valley Bottom to Bridge Remains|
Start point: 50.5032 lat, -4.449 long
Turn right to follow the grass path running once again uphill with the stream on your left. Scramble your way through the rocky ground ahead with the stream still directly on your left. The path soon levels out to become a rocky but wider path alongside the meandering stream.
|Bridge Remains to End|
Start point: 50.5078 lat, -4.4524 long
Keep straight on here, passing a house and some derelict stone properties on the right. Pass through a five bar metal gate to continue along a dirt track. Pass by a water treatment works on the right. Pass through the wooden gate and continue ahead passing more derelict stone properties on the right. Keep ahead on the fenced grass path set with granite stones – another rail track remnant – with stone walls each side.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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