This circular walk climbs to Helman Tor and then visits the adjacent Breney Common Nature Reserve in Bodmin.
You can park at the Helman Tor car park just south of the hill to start your walk. It's a short climb from here to the rocky outcrop which stands at a height of 209 m (686 ft). From here there are fabulous views over the surrounding Cornish coutntryside.
After descending from the tor the route then follows the Saints Way long distance trail around Breney Common. The reserve covers over 500 acres with heathland, grassland, wetland, woodland and ponds. It's great for widlife with grazing ponies and the rare Orange Tip butterfly to look out for. Various wildfowl can be seen on the open water too.
PostcodePL30 5DF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Helman Tor Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Helman Tor Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Helman Tor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Helman Tor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head south of the hill along the Saints Way and you could visit the noteworthy Crown Inn in Lanlivery. The inn is one of the oldest in Cornwall, dating all the way back to the 12th century. It was later extended to house the stonemasons who built the charming church of St Brevita. The pub is full of character with low beamed ceilings, open fireplaces, thick stone walls and a Glass covered Well in porch. Outside there's a particularly delightful garden area where you can relax on warmer days. You can find them at a postcode of PL30 5BT for your sat navs.
The Tor makes for a bracing walk for fit dogs. The Crown Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend your walking in the area you could visit the nearby Lanhydrock estate where there are miles of cycling and walking trails through woodland and parkland. The circular Lostwithiel Walk starts from the nearby town and visits the Tor before heading to Lanhydrock. It's a nice way of visiting the site if you plan to come by public transport as there is a train station in Lostwithiel. The route also visits the historic ruins of Restormel Castle just north of the town. The English Heritage run castle is now a photogenic ruin set in beautiful Cornish countryside next to the River Fowey. It was built in the 13th century and used as a retreat for its medieval owners and was twice visited by Edward, the Black Prince. You can find it just a few miles east of the Tor, making it a nice addition to your outing.
Just to the west you can enjoy a climb to Roche Rock. Here you'll find a striking granite tor with a ruined chapel and wonderful views.
A little further to the west you can pick up the Goss Moor Trail. This shared cycling and walking trail explores the expansive Goss Moor National Nature Reserve where there's a number of rare plant and wildlife species to look out for.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bodmin Moor Walks and the Cornwall Walks pages.