The Copper Trail

South Caradon Mine

The Copper trail is a 60 mile circular walk around Bodmin Moor, researched, invented and named by Mark Camp who has written several books on walks in the area. The name implies a concentration on mining but is actually a reference to the frequency with which one encounters the remnants of mining.

He divides the route up into 6 sections:

  • Minions to St Neot (8.5 miles)
  • St Neot to Bodmin (13 miles)
  • Bodmin to St Breward (10 miles)
  • St Breard to Camelford (6 miles)
  • Camelford to Five Lanes (10.5 miles)
  • Five Lanes to Minions (9 miles)

Mark’s book on the Copper Trail is excellent. It contains details of the route in an easy narrative and pictorial style, along with comments on the sites, flowers, landscape, views and history of the area.

There are maps such as the Visit Cornwall one and narrative from Oliver’s Cornwall (Oliver rarely does what he is told and enjoys planning his own detours, frequently to good pubs) and our own: