Category Archives: Walks

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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Holmbush wood loop 6 miles


Part of this route can only be walked in dry weather, so ideal now.

As always we start at Golberdon crossroads, laminated copies of this and other walks are available at the parish hall porch. This walk is a nearly 6 mile walk.

Take the road opposite the war memorial sign posted to South Hill.

Continue pass Keadeen B&B, down to the bridge at Coombe and Phil Cole the butcher and Coombe Small Animal Hotel.

Up the slope pass Trewassick around the bend and look for the double metal gates on your right hand side. The footpath sign is missing. The gate opens easily and please carefully close it behind you. There was young cattle here yesterday and an electric fence which is easy to duck under, I advice you not to touch it. Plus if you run the cattle will run, if you stop they will stop.

Keep the hedge on your left all the way to the gate in the bottom corner. Again an easy gate to open,  close putting the rope over the post.

On the road turn RIGHT, past Tregate and the bridge. Can you spot the marker stone, on your left? Pass Higher Ford and the wide sweeping verge (the road was widen here some years ago)

At MANATON  take the narrow track to the right of the entrance. This brings you onto the Jericho Rd, straight ahead you’ll pass The Chutney Shed. Just before Jericho there is a field planted with Lavender, and just after the narrow point where the pot holes always are, there is a marker stone on your right.

And onto Camelot Kennels and the dangerous main road, taking care, cross over.

A short way on your right you’ll see a gate into the woods at Holmbush. Take the track and if you have time, explore some of the paths, otherwise, at the junctions take a left, right, left, right, left, until eventually you’ll come to the old mine buildings.

Take the path through the buildings and around to the right following a steepish path dropping down into the road. This is Stoke Rd at Kelly Bray, go RIGHT and pick up the pavement , look for painted stones here.

At the Swingle Tree pub, cut through the car park and cross the main road again and keep RIGHT.

Pass Appleby Lodge and at the next track off to your LEFT take the sign posted Bridlepath. Following the track you’ll come to a metal gate, it’s off it’s hinges, so take care opening and closing. On your right, you’ll see a lovely dated granite marker stone.

Keep following this stoney track, taking in the views of Callington on your left. Eventually you’ll come to a track that joins from the left from Maders, that’s another walk, today stay straight on. Just before the  track narrows, there are 2 gateways opposite eachother, on your right is another marker stone.

Continuing, the track become grassy and muddy, fine in dry weather but unadvisable on foot when wet, At the end of the track turn LEFT and soon you’ll see The Chutney Shed again. Keep to the road.

At the junction turn RIGHT then immediately LEFT this junction is known as Beech tree locally. The road is narrow for a short distance , then widens out. From here to Golberdon this area was GOLBER DOWN all open common land, until divided and enclosed in the 1800’s.

Follow the road straight back to the crossroads where you started.

Corona virus CV19


We’re very fortunate to be able to enjoy walks from our doorsteps and have many footpaths, BUT do think about where these take you, some do pass close to homes so maybe best to rethink your routes, plus there is stock in the fields, please think, be responsible (think you are if you’re reading this) and STAY SAFE.

Frogwell Loop walk August 18th 11am


Ali will be leading the CALSTOCK FOOTPATH SOCIETY Monthly walk on August 18th Here’s a rough outline offering a 3.5 to 4 mile and a 6.5 miles route.

Both routes start at The Doctors surgery on Haye Rd at 11am and take the lane to Frogwell, where we pick up the Footpath to Pencrebar Farm and the track down to Callington Newbridge. We follow the river and cross fields looping back around to Caddapitt and take the footpath through the woods for a lunch stop before heading onto to Haye Mill where you can see the working water wheel. The shorter walk will take Haye Rd which leads directly back to the start. 4 stiles, some ups and downs.

The longer walk will continue through the woods and emerge at Southland Farm and pick up South Hill Rd. we past the new homes being built opposite the fire station to Bowling Green. Crossing the road and going up Florence Hill we pick up the track behind the college bringing us out eventually near Tesco on Tavistock Rd and making our way back to the cars. 6.5 miles.

No dogs unless service dogs, (there will probably be animals in the fields) free to members (join for 6 quid) and 3 quid for non members. Bring a drink and packed lunch and wear your walking gear, should be dry all the way underfoot.

Questions : iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com or phone 01579 384544

Linkinhorne Loop 3 miles


3 MILE circular walk. http://www.geograph.org.uk/showmap.php?gridref=SX320735
Starting at Linkinhorne. Park by The Church House Inn, maybe explore the St Melors Church 1st! and finish at the pub. Make sure to check opening hours . (now closed)
Exiting the church main gate, turn left and take the road towards Rilla Mill around the bend and at the next junction note the stone stile over the hedge by the gate. Take this and see ahead the gateway straight in-front of you. This field and the next had a crop of maize. Go in a straight line towards the large tree and spot a wooden fence just to the left, taking you down over a stone hedge stile.
Keep on a straight line and you’ll discover a stream in-front of you. Depending on the level of the water, will depend where you cross. BUT cross you must, through the small gate or over the hedge (we climbed over the hedge just to the right of the gate) and went straight on, by the best pathway we could find out of the bog. Head to the gateway just left of the house in the post and rail fence, into the garden, and keep just above the pond.
See the stile in the hedge ahead, taking you into the driveway.
Cross over the driveway, entering a grass field by a small gate and aim for the top right corner, to a stile.
Over this stile into a field that had sunflowers growing, keep the hedge on your left and go straight to the metal gate and road. Turn right. The FP signpost is just about still standing here.
After a short distance you’ll come to a crossroads at BUTTS HALWINNICK .. keep straight on past Clampit Cottage on your left.. then on your right, the FB signpost was just about hanging in there, enter the field via a new metal gate. (the old gate discarded inside on the left) Looking straight ahead see the next metal gate. Once here look behind to see the lovely granite post. Continue straight across this field, sown with grass seed to another metal gate.
The next couple fields are permanent pasture land, keep the hedge on your left, with an old track running alongside. Eventually you’ll see buildings ahead, the track leads you to a metal gate and a lane, taking you by a number of buildings at PENGELLY. Follow this driveway which brings you onto a road, turn right and continue all the way back to Linkinhorne. Turn right just before the red phone box, back to the pub/church. Great views of Sharpe Tor on the way out and Kit Hill on the way back. This walk can be easily extended by joining up with other footpath walks. Enjoy.