GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Carn Brea Walk

1 miles (1.5 km)

This walk explores the ancient Carn Brea hill fort and the Bassett Monument above Redruth in Cornwall.
You can start the walk from the small parking area next to the hill. It's a small car park so you could try the South Wheal Frances car park just to the south at a postcode of TR16 6JX. From the hill top car park you can pick up a circular footpath taking you around the site. This includes the folly of Carn Brea Castle which was built in the 18th century by the Basset family as a hunting lodge. At the high point on the hill there's also the Basset Monument, a Celtic crosserected as a monument toFrancis Basset, 1st Baron de Dunstanville and Basset. On the hill you'll also find attractive gorse heathland, interesting granite rock formations and wonderful views over the surrounding area.


TR16 6SL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Carn Brea OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Carn Brea Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


On the hill there's the Carn Brea Castle Restaurant to visit. Set in the 18th century castle the restaurant serves high quality food. You can also explore the historic building where you can gain access to the roof for excellent views over the area.
Just to the south of the hill there's also The Countryman Inn to consider. They have a good menu and a nice outdoor seating area with views of the little village. You can find them in Piece, Carnkie with a postcode of TR16 6SG for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The hill top and heathland paths make for a bracing dog walk. The Countryman Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north you can pick up the Great Flat Lode Trail. This circular cycling and walking route explores Cornwall's heritage mines.
For a quieter climb in the town head east and you could visit Carn Marth. The hill is a fine place to explore with another excellent viewpoint, a pretty quarry lake and an outdoor ampitheatre which runs performances during summer.
Near here there's another amphitheatre to explore at Gwennap Pit. The site has some historical significance having been used by Methodist preacher John Wesley preached several times between 1762 and 1789.
Just a few miles to the east there's some great walking and mountain bike trails to be found at the Poldice Valley. The area has a wonderful moon like appearance with the historic Poldice Mine buildings adding to the atmospheric landscape.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Carn Brea Summit - - 354066

Carn Brea Summit. Looking towards the 'castle' on the eastern end of this hilltop.

The View from Carn Brea - - 354859

The View from the hill. Looking north to northeast with Redruth on the right and St Agnes Beacon the hill in the distance.

Basset De Dunstanville monument over Carn Brea - - 1048513

Basset De Dunstanville monument over Carn Brea. View taking in the monument and castle as well as the general granite landscape of the hilltop.

Rocks and monument, Carn Brea - - 1186247

The Cup and Saucer Rock

On Carn Brea - - 1186100

On Carn Brea. Looking across grass and gorse beside a granite rock, down towards the western outskirts of Redruth. Behind the pale business unit in the centre is Camborne Redruth Community Hospital. The A3047 dual carriageway curves away beyond it; the viaduct above the hospital is on the A30.

Heathland path below Carn Brea - - 1185926

Heathland path below the hill. A footpath descends towards Barncoose. The industrial units are at the Carn Brea Business Park and the Barncoose Industrial Estate.

The Remains of Carn Brea Mine - - 535976

The Remains of Carn Brea Mine. Situated at the northern foot of the hill, this mine was amalgamated with South Tincroft before becoming part of South Crofty.

Field above Carn Brea village - - 1186343

Field above Carn Brea village. Looking across a field from footpath 205/23/2. Across Church Coombe are the engine houses.


GPS Files

GPX File

Carn Brea.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Carn Brea.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)