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Walking Holiday on Bodmin Moor on
The Copper Trail
detailed itinerary

Online booking available
Enjoy a self-guided walking holiday on the 57 mile moorland route of the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. This circular trail meanders across rolling moorland, through quaint villages, old mine workings, over packhorse bridges, and past ancient granite crosses, stone circles and quoits.
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Walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall

Suggested Tour Duration:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
57 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles

The Hurlers stone circles
The Cheesewring
Trethevy Quoit
abandoned copper mines
holy wells

Day 1: Arrive at Five Lanes
This walk can also start from Bodmin.
Copper was discovered on nearby Caradon Hill in the 1840's and Minions was known as Cheesewring Village until the early 20th century. The three stone circles known as The Hurlers date from the Bronze Age.
The Hurlers, Cornwall on Walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
Trethevy Quiot, Cornwall on walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall Day 2: Minions to St Neot              8.5 miles
We transfer you to Minions to start your walk on the Copper Trail. The walking route follows the old Liskeard and Caradon Railway built in the 1840's to serve the mines and granite quarries of the Minions area. The ruined engine house of the South Caradon Mine can be seen on across the valley. Today's highlight is Trethevy Quoit, possibly Cornwall's oldest man made structure, a tomb, thought to date back to 4500BC. You walk through the village of St Cleer, cross the River Fowey at Golitha Falls and finish today's walk at St Neot.
Day 3: St Neot to Bodmin               13 miles
Today you walk north from St Neot towards Colliford Lake and then hike around Carburrow Tor to the villages of Warleggan and Mount. The Copper Trail makes its way through Cardinham Woods to Bodmin, the county town of Cornwall. Bodmin Jail of worth a visit and lovers of steam will enjoy the Bodmin and Wenford restored steam railway. This day can be split into 2 days if required (then this holiday is a 9 day itinerary with 8 nights accommodation and 7 days walking).
Golitha Falls, Cornwall on Walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
Blisland, Cornwall on Walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall Optional day in Bodmin perhaps to visit the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway.
Day 4: Bodmin to Blisland               7 miles
The Copper Trail follows the Camel Trail from Bodmin to Tresarret. The Camel Trail follows the old railway line created in 1834 to transport china clay and granite, thought to be one of the first in the world. The River Camel follows along beside the trail on its way to the Atlantic. A short walk takes you to the picturesque village of Blisland for the night.
Day 5: Blisland to Camelford          9 miles
Walking north from Blisland the Copper Trail passes De Lank Quarry. Granite from here was used to build many well known London landmarks: Blackfriars Bridge, Putney Bridge, Tower Bridge, The Thames Embankment, New Scotland Yard and The Cenotaph to name but a few. After walking through St Breward the Copper Trail continues northward across Bodmin Moor to Camelford for your overnight stay.
Camelford, Cornwall on Walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
Roughtor, Cornwall on Walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
Optional Day: visit Roughtor and St Michaels Chapel       6 miles
An optional day to climb Roughtor (pronounced row tor as in cow). This is one of the highest points in Cornwall at 1315ft and is a very pleasant 3 mile stroll from Camelford. The rugged crest of granite shelters the remains of the medieval chapel of St Michael.
Day 6: Camelford to Five Lanes         10.5 miles
Leaving Camelford the Copper Trail heads east across Bodmin Moor. You walk alongside Crowdy Reservoir, through Davidstow Woods and across the disused Davidstow Airfield used by the RAF and USAF during the Second World War The Wesley Cottage in Duck Street, Trewint where John Wesley, the Methodist preacher stayed in the mid 1700s is worth a visit before finishing today's walk at Five Lanes. A short half mile diversion takes you to the pretty village to Altarnun.
Wesley Cottage, Trewint, Cornwall on Walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
Cheesewring at Minions on Copper Trail walking holiday Day 7: Five Lanes to Minions             9 miles
Walking the Copper Trail today you pass Treburland Mines where tin, copper, manganese and wolfram were mined. You walk through the village of North Hill and cross the River Lyner at Berriowbridge. At the quiet village of Henwood it is difficult to imagine that 150 years ago there were up to 12 engine houses at the centre of the industrial revolution. The Cheesewring rock formation can be seen on the right as you return to the village of Minions. We transfer you to Five Lanes for your overnight.
Day 8: Depart after breakfast
This route can also start and end in Bodmin.
Caradon Mine, Cornwall on Walking holiday on the Copper Trail on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
A fascinating walk through history; with prehistoric stone circles, quoits and crosses from medieval times, old railways, abandoned china clay and granite quarries, and relics of tin and copper mines which give this trail its name.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the Copper Trail

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • Copper Trail book by Mark Camp

You can walk this wonderful trail over 6 days (about 10 miles per day).
We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.

Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of England or the UK. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available. A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the Copper Trail

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks

Copper Trail 8 day itinerary:
6 days walking and 7 nights accommodation
single occ
solo traveller
Book Copper Trail walking holiday online now
Extra night in Camelford or Bodmin from £49pppn
All prices subject to change
Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals:
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches:
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.
Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let's Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.
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How to get there
By Plane to Newquay, Exeter, Bristol or London where we can arrange transfer to the start of the route
By Car to Bodmin where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Bodmin
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