Category Archives: Footpaths

May 7th 4 1/2 miles details of walk


From South Hill church take the road towards Mornick. After a few 100 meters turn right onto a farm track and follow to the end. Turn right onto a path, at the metal gate take care as it’s off it’s hinges and needs lifting to enter the field.

Keep the hedge on your left side and follow a worn footpath, as you drop down through an uncultivated area and step over the stream and the stile. Keep the hedge on your left to a metal gate with a great view of the church at Linkinhorne.  Go through this gate and veer to the right, there’s a newly enlarged gateway that brings you to the road.

Turn left and follow the road to Linkinhorne. You can take a detour to the church or at the junction, go straight ahead and enter the cemetery, the path takes you to the top where you join the road. Go left around the corner, past the turn on your left and at the junction of the turn on your right. Go though the metal gate, marked with a FP disc. From the gateway you can see a small pedestrian gate in the hedge ahead to your right. Aim for this. There were friendly young cattle here when I walked through, who were vaguely interested.

Go through the gate, look left and ahead to see a wooden gate, with another wooden gate immediately behind it.  Go through these and keep the hedge on your left to the gateway and track that runs alongside some buildings and brings you to a gate at the main road. TAKE CARE and cross over.

Go through the small metal gate here and drop down to the road at Lanhargy Old Chapel.

Turn right and follow the road to Bray Shop.

Turn left at the main road and at the junction, turn left. Bray Shop Old chapel is on the left and alongside is a small path that takes you to the cemetery.

Cross back over the main road to the notice board, the building there is the old Sunday School.

From the notice board follow the pavement to the junction and turn right, on Trefinnick rd, signposted to South Hill.

Stay on this road back to South Hill church.

Community Walk March 27th


Sunday Morning Meander  5 miles or less, on parish lanes and fields

Dogs on leads welcome and children under control, plus Mums on Mothers Day. Some stiles need climbing.

Starting at South Hill church Sunday March 27th 10:45am

We aim to be back by 1pm, Bring your own drink.

All welcome, a chance to catch up with each other and have fun.

We’ll take the Bray Shop road to the entrance of Treven and turn left crossing fields to Baddaford, a short road walk towards St. Mellor’s church tower, at Linkinhorne, turning onto the footpath and aim at the wind turbine, striding over the stream and up to Mornick. Here we’ll take the road back towards the church and those that want a 2 ½ mile walk can continue back.

Otherwise we’ll be crossing fields and stiles to Trewassick then dropping down over the stream and up the other side, staying on the footpaths to Trewoodloe. Here we’ll head for Golberdon .. the last opportunity to cut the walk short.

We’ll take the “main” road for a short distance before taking fields to Manaton then the road to the final leg and final footpath from Tregate passing The Old School and returning to the church.

Rilla Mill 6 miles ish walk with Russ


Saturday 19th February Start/Finish  :  The Manor Inn, Rilla Mill

Distance  :  6 miles plus  predominantly along footpaths

10:00  Departure  I anticipate this a 3 hour 30 min walk

Dogs welcome, expect dogs to be on leads.

Route  : Rilla Mill  –  Ley Mill  –  Phoenix United Mine  –  Henwood  – North Darley  –  Starra Woods  – Rilla Mill

Note : Parking either at the pub if you intend to make use of it upon your return; or, The Village Hall which is on the right going down hill towards the pub if you are not going to The Manor.

Donation to Royal British Legion at the end.

Russ Hanson russhanson@live.co.uk

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COUNTRY RAMBELL for the Church BELLS


Wear or carry bells and raise funds for St Sampson’s bells fund to rehang & ring the church bells.
RAMBELL starts South Hill church Dec. 11th 9:30am
Unique experiences as we cross fields not usually allowed, bell ringing, tower climbing, lavender field, private property, Polhilsa , Whiteford Temple….
Dogs on leads and children under control at all times.

We had a great time on the walk and raised lots of money > St Sampson’s Historic bells – JustGiving , raised awareness and raised our spirits !! THANK YOU to everyone that made it such a success.

Rilla Mill 7.5 miler.


7.5 miles from The Manor House Inn at Rilla Mill mainly off road on footpaths.
Go down over the bridge and take the road Left. Follow this to the junction and turn Right.
Just past the houses spot the footpath going up steps on the Left and though a pedestrian gate.
Continue straight ahead to the gate with stile and straight through the next field. Depending on the time of year there will be crops or stock. At the end of July the corn was shimmering a rainbow of colours.
Caradon Mast is infront of you, Cheesering and Sharp Tor on your right.
The path goes over an old style metal stile and follows the hedge on your right around to a stony track and out onto a road. Turn Left. This group of houses is Sutton.
At the T junction turn Left down to Ley Mill and by the stream, Turn Right onto the Marked footpath, through a metal gate and straight ahead over a stile into the wood.
Follow the marked path keeping up at the 1st fork and then down at the 2nd, until you come to a set of steps leading up to the road leading to Upton Cross. Take care and cross over and see the footpath continuing by a gate.
Follow this path as it goes straight then over a stile, winds right and left, over a footbridge, up steps and brings you to a stile into a field. Head diagonally across the field to the top corner, stopping to admire the views behind you of Kit Hill and more, before hopping over the stile into the road. (Upton Cross to Minions)
Turn Right downhill briefly and turn Left at Dunsley, the footpath sign shows to Burning House.
Follow the concrete drive (a couple fields) until you see a footpath sign directing you on the left.
Follow the hedge on your right to the corner and over a stile into a grass field and straight on to a gate, we climbed over as it was tied up.
There were cows, sheep and a pony here but none paid us much attention.
Keep Right, aim to a gate on the far side. Once through this gate, aim diagonally Right through another gate.
There is well defined path on your right, take this and keep right, following the hedge/wall and keep going down and all the way down to the stream and impressive water wheel pit.
Back track to the main path and go right parallel with the stream, passing buddles and lots of mining remains.
This path emerges onto a stone track. Turn Right, take the footbridge over the stream and continue up onto the road to Henwood. Instead of taking the road, spot the path that goes off to the right and take this through the trees.
You’ll eventually arrive at Henwood whichever route you take and you’ll probably sit on the granite seat and look in the phone box library. Then continue off to the left, signposted Kingbeare, up past the old church and Turn Right.
Follow this lane then track then path. Note the granite post marked CCC. This well defined footpath winds right, through a metal gate and across fields onto a lane, emerging at North Darley.
Take care crossing the road signposted Lower Lake Shooting Grounds. Follow the road past the Caradon Observatory on your right, and take the 1st Left to Treovis (not signposted). ( if you stay on the road you’ll come to a junction, Right will take you directly back to Rilla Mill. Left will take you to Starrabridge)
Coming up into the group of houses at Treovis, turn Right and if you see someone ask permission to take the shortcut to Starrawoods and they’ll hopefully direct you. If no one is about an unofficial route is …. take the right fork through a gate and gravel drive and garage, drop down beside a shed, through a low wall and scramble down the bank onto a well kept path. Follow this down, keeping to the widest path and down to the river Inney and eventually to a spectacular foot bridge.
Cross here, turn Right and follow to Starra Bridge.
Turn Right to go over the bridge, then immediately Left over a stile and follow the river.
Stay on the path, eventually it climbs up some steps to the road.
Turn Left and follow the road back to Rilla Mill, left over the bridge and the The Manor is on the Right.
They serve great food (meals and snacks) and drinks here.

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