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Caradon Hill and the Copper Mines

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Caradon Hill and the Copper Mines is a 7.1 kilometer loop trail located near Minions, Cornwall, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 7.1 km Elevation Gain: 196 m Route Type: Loop







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A fairly strenuous circular walk across Caradon Hill on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The walk starts from Minions, the highest village in Cornwall, and heads out onto Caradon Hill, following the well made track around the hill edge on the easy outgoing section. The walk route then climbs to the hill's summit before descending through old quarries and tin/copper mines to reach the stream in the valley and follows this stream through farmland to return to the village. There are plenty of spectacular views throughout and you'll also have chance to explore the ruins of the mining industry that shaped this part of Cornwall in the 1800s. The walk is very exposed so make sure you are well prepared. Caradon Hill is home to free roaming horses, sheep and ponies so take particular care with dogs. The walk follows tracks and open areas of Bodmin Moor which, as you would expect, will be very wet and boggy after wet weather so good waterproof boots are a must. Some of the tracks are rocky and uneven underfoot and after periods of rain the tracks running alongside the stream can be standing in an inch or two of water. The first stretch of path following the stream is very rocky and you will need to scramble for just a short distance. The second section following the stream across the fields can be very muddy. There are two stiles (both with easy crossing points for dogs) plus a few gates. Approximate time 2-3 hours, depending on the conditions underfoot.

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