Moorland and countryside


A great alternative to the seaside and coastline are Cornwall’s moorlands. From Rough Tor and Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest point, to Sharp Tor and the Cheesewring a hiker’s heaven expands. Grab a bite to eat at a traditional English pub after a hike, visit Daphne du Maurier’s infamous Jamaica Inn or simply enjoy the great circular views from coast to coast.

Sheep, cattle and ponies roam the moorland and graze between bright yellow gorse and purple heather, alongside rare butterflies and moths well off the beaten track. The rugged tors and gigantic granite boulders of Bodmin Moor paint a dramatic skyline and invite rock climbers to a scramble.

Iconic engine houses and numerous quarries remind of Cornwall’s mining heritage as documented in the mining museum at Minions and popularised by the Poldark novel. The moors provide great spots for family picnics and outdoor games. Around Siblyback reservoir and Colliford Lake there are scenic circular moorland walks. On a hot day Golitha Falls is unrivalled for its dappled shade and woodland paths.

Helman Tor, a waypoint on the Saints Way, is close to Lostwithiel and a favourite destination for sunset lovers. Other popular walking destinations near Lostwithiel include the great Treffry Viaduct, a woodland stroll, the Hall walk, which combines coast and inland scenery, Restormel castle, Respryn on the river Fowey and Cardinham woods.