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The Bodmin Moor Ten Tors Walk

The Bodmin Moor Ten Tors Way – Liskeard to Boscastle

Where  - Two world class days of walking to cross the wildest and most remote parts of Bodmin Moor climbing Ten Tors,  including Cornwall’s two highest peaks,  on your way to the North Cornwall coast at mysterious Boscastle – Full Distance 31.2 miles

Ten Tors Walk Bodmin Moor Cornwall South West England UKOptions -  Extend the walk using The Smugglers Way to give a 41 mile, three day coast to coast route crossing of Cornwall.  Expand to a week or more of walking by adding in sections of The South West Coast Path along the North or South Cornish Coastline.

Walking Grade Note  -   A Ten mile section of this route takes you over wild open moorland and tors – there are no signposts, no shelter and no paths, underfoot the ground can be rocky, marshy and unforgiving  – which for many is part of the appeal and the challenge. 

The area is remote and you are unlikely to meet other walkers once leaving Minions Village.

Bodmin Moor Cornwall Walking Break UK  Ten Tors Challenge

It's a superb route but suitable only for experienced walkers – those who are able to be self sufficient, have good map reading skills and can use a compass / GPS with confidence if they get caught in the mist. 

The reward for those who take the challenge is a unique route in relatively untrodden wilderness but for those without the experience you should look instead to the easier crossing of southern Bodmin Moor using The Smugglers Way route or for the inexperienced consider The Saints Way from Padstow to Fowey which also crosses Cornwall coast to coast BUT which is suitable for everyone.

Overview and highlights –  The Ten Tors Walk on Bodmin Moor

Rough Tor Cornwall South West England Walking Hiking and Trekking

Bodmin Moor is one of the UK’s secret walking destinations.  A close neighbour of nearby Dartmoor National Park, what makes this wilderness so appealing to experienced walkers is its location in the wilds of Cornwall (Dartmoor sits in Devon) and the fact that it is hardly ever visited and is for the most part well off the tourist trail, unlike its popular neighbour. Bodmin Moor has the twisted rocky Tors, the old mines, the wilderness areas and the forests and offers the walker after a challenge all this in Cornwall’s most remote and inspiring area. 

If you want solitude, big skies and 360 degree panoramas you will get them up here ....and in the most remote parts of the moor we can guarantee you won’t be sharing them.

Bodmin Moor Walking Holidays Cornwall Ten Tors Route at MinionsHighlights include scaling ten tors on your crossing each unique and many rarely visited including ascents of Rough Tor and Brown Willy Cornwall’s two highest peaks with the best views in the County from the summits.  The chance to overnight on the high moor at the infamous Jamaica Inn of Daphne du Maurier fame, visit The iconic Cheesewring formation, discover stone circles,  Neolithic burial Chambers and disused mines and tramways from the moors abandoned past. 

On each side of the high ground you will ascend or descend through steep forested river valleys following moorland watercourses that become moss covered lush river gorges as they gather pace and charge off the moor on their short journey to reach the sea.  

The Hurlers Stone Circle Bodmin Moor 10 Tors Challenge Cornwall UKThe Bizarre is there as well – wander over an abandoned WW2 airfield where the only things you will find in the control tower is a herd of sheltering sheep, at Boscastle you will end up at the Museum of Witchcraft and on the high moor the ever present piles of picked clean animal bones will leave you walking with the ever present suspicion that perhaps the infamous beast of Bodmin really is out there...somewhere !

For those walking a 3 day coast to coast route you get your taste of the coast as well, starting in the fishing port of Looe and ending up in the tiny harbour at time warped Boscastle.  Once there if you still have energy to burn you can turn left or right to join some of the most dramatic sections of The South West Coast Path to Padstow or Bude

Boscastle South West Coast Path North Cornwall Ten Tors Route Bodmin MoorFor experienced walkers there is easy access to the route from the mainline station at Liskeard and you can exit from Boscastle by bus to return to the mainline at Padstow or Exeter. All in all a challenging but unforgettable 2 or 3 day expedition that we welcome all those serious and determined about their walking to experience. 

 

 

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