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Autumn Walk: Minions and Caradon Hill

The second of our curated walks, specially chosen for us by iWalk Cornwall.

Our autumn iWalk for 2020 is a mainly circular route near Callington and Liskeard in South East Cornwall. Following original railway and tramway lines, the walk features stunning views, historical mines and a few pubs along the way including The Cheesewring Hotel and The Crows Nest Inn. There are no stiles on this route and dogs only need to be kept on a lead across the moor between March and July, during the breeding period for ground-nesting birds. So download the app, pull out your old OS maps and get exploring this season.

Highlights of the walk include:

  • Panoramic views across southeast Cornwall
  • Lots of mining heritage including engine houses, railways and viaducts
  • Proper eccentric rural village where free range sheep join customers in the pub beer garden and yellow-and-blue minions figures adorn road signs and houses

The walk starts near the Minions Heritage Centre and follows the trackbed of the original Liskeard and Caradon railway down the Gonamena Incline to reach West Caradon Mine. The route then crosses via Crow’s Nest to the other side of the Seaton Valley and follows tramways through the extensive remains of the South Caradon Mine to reach East Caradon Mine. The return route is on the “new” trackbed of the railway passing the engine houses of Wheal Jenkin on the way back to Minions.

The walk covers 5 miles or 8 kilometers and is an easy to moderate route. Recommended footwear includes walking boots, waterproof boots in winter; wellies or equivalent after heavy rain.

For more walks that highlight Cornwall’s beautiful autumn colours click here.


iWalk Cornwall
iWalk Cornwall is a collection of thoughtfully-crafted circular walks and a guided walks mobile app created by two brothers from Trewarmett who are passionate about the mindboggling number of amazing things in Cornwall.

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