Minions Cheesewring Walk
This circular walk visits the Cheesewring granite tor and the Hurlers stone circle from the Cornish village of Minions.
Along the way there's fine views over the surrounding moorland scenery of Bodmin Moor . The dramatic scenery may also look familiar as it was featured in the TV programme Poldark.
The walk starts from the The Hurlers Car Park car park at Minions, the highest village in the county. From here you can pick up footpaths heading up to the Pipers Stone Circle. They are thought to represent a pair of pipers turned to stone for playing on the Sabbath.
Footpaths then head north to visit the Cheesewring Quarry where you'll find the Cheesewring stack. It's a striking geological formation, sitting atop Stowe's Hill and formed over many centuries by weathering.
The route then heads south from the quarry to visit the Hurlers Stone Circle. Here you'll find three photogoenic late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles arranged in a line, a grouping unique in England. Similar to the Pipers they were thought to be the remains of men petrified for playing the game of hurling on a Sunday.
This area also includes the Minions Heritage Centre, housed in a disused engine house. Here you can learn all about the mining history of the area.
PostcodePL14 5LW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Minions Cheesewring Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Minions Cheesewring Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Minions Cheesewring OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Minions Cheesewring Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your walk you could enjoy refreshment at the aptly named Cheesewring Hotel. This 19th century freehouse is the highest pub in Cornwall at 303m above sea level. They do a fine Sunday roast and have a garden area to sit outside in. You can find them in the village at postcode PL14 5LE for your sat navs.
If you fancy a cream tea then you could head across the street to the Minions Shop & Tearoom.
The moorland is a fine place for a dog walk and the village pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The long distance Copper Trail starts at the village. The epic circular walk takes you on a tour of several of the historic Cornish Copper mines.
Head west of the village and you can enjoy some pleasant waterside walking along Siblyback Lake. There's a nice cycling and walking trail running around the lake where you can look out for a variety of wildlife. The popular Golitha Falls are just south of Siblyback. There's a lovely wooded trail and rushing falls in this splendid nature reserve.
To the south you can explore the historic town of Liskeard, one of the oldest towns in Cornwall.
Head east to nearby Callington and you could enjoy climbs to the ancient hill fort at Cadson Bury and the country park at Kit Hill.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bodmin Moor Walks page.