This circular walk visits the geologically significant Roche Rock in Cornwall. The granite outcrop is something of a local landmark, standing at a height of 20-metres (66-feet).
The walk starts in the village of Roche and then heads a short distance south to visit the ancient rock and chapel. Here you can climb a ladder for a close up view of the rock and enjoy views over the surrounding countryside. At the top you'll find a ruined chapel (dedicated to St Michael) which is said to have been the abode of a leper or a monk.
After enjoying the views you continue towards Hendra and Carbis before following a country lane towards Broadlanes. From here it is a short stroll west back into Roche.
Roche Rock Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Roche Rock Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Roche Rock OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Roche Rock Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the east you can pick up the Saints Way, visit the Breney Common Nature Reserve and enjoy a climb to Helman Tor. Just to the south of the tor you can explore the popular Luxulyan Valley, a designated World Heritage Site. The valley is one of the highlights of the area with nice trails along the River Par, a series of historical industrial remains and the impressive Treffry Viaduct to see.
Also nearby is the splendid Lanhydrock and the town of Lostwithiel.
A few miles 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 Cornwall Walks pages.