Your Comprehensive Guide to Cornwall - the UK's Top Holiday Destination The Complete Guide to Cornwall!

Kernow a'gas dynergh

The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

Like us for news & special offers..

Transparent hand arrow pointing down

Rough Tor

Age group: 10+

Location: NORTH Cornwall


Contact: nr Camelford, PL32

TEL: n/a


Cornwall's second highest point - 1,313 feet (400 m). It is close to Brown Willy (the highest point) not far from Camelford in north Cornwall. Technically there are actually three tors at the summit and these are Little Rough Tor, Rough Tor and Showery Tor.


There is evidence to show that people and settlements have existed at Rough Tor (pronounced 'row' my in rowing boat) for thousands of years and there are the remains of a number of bronze age stone huts and enclosures.


If you look closely you will see that the summit seems to be encircled by a series of rough stone walls. It is thought that these walls would have originally encircled the tor and that the whole area was actually an enclosure. There is even areas that have been cleared near the terraces, and these are believed to have been garden plots.


In medieval times the summit was the site of a chapel. It was built into the side of one of the cairns, and was dedicated to St. Michael. This has been recorded back in the 14th century, and as far as we know it's the only known hilltop chapel on Bodmin Moor. As it overlooks an ancient trackway across the moor, many say it might have even served as a guide for travellers in the area.



Hikes to the summit and to neighbouring Brown Willy are popular with walkers. There is easy access to a car park from just outside Camelford, which is about a mile and a half from the summit.


Camelford 8 miles, Tintagel 13 miles, Port Isaac 13 miles, Wadebridge 13 miles