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Name:Brown Willy
Hill number:2881
Height:420m / 1378ft
RHB Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
County/UA:Cornwall (CoU)
County (CoH):Cornwall (CoH)
County (CoA):Cornwall (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Camel, Fowey
Watershed:Land's End to John o' Groats, Land's End to Dover, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top,
Administrative County Top, Clem
Grid ref:SX 15873 80004
Summit feature:trig point and cairn
Col:106m  SS268015  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 201
(1:25k) 109
Observations:cairn is 3m E of trig point
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Cornwall (1974) administrative county top
  • Cornwall historic county top
  • Cornwall current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 410 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Good walk on a warm day. Went up via Shower Tor and Rough Tor with a more direct descent. Shared the summit with millions of flies, didnít stay long!acolling26/08/2019
From free Rough Tor car park to the NW. Showery Tor (385m), Little Rough Tor (390m) and Rough Tor (400m). Then a nice walk across to Brown Willy. Pleasant and easy. Showery Tor was the most difficult to climb. With Clare, Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie. Had a pint in The Jamaica Inn afterwards.Dangerous Dave05/08/2019
Part of a walk with Liz including Rough TorPaul_142_uk10/07/2019
From Roughtor Road car park. Over Rough Tor and Logan Rock. First of my historic county tops.pclyndes15/06/2019
From Codda, after a little nosey at the Jamaica Inn. Grassy fields then good path along fence line to final steepening pull. 2/5 MarilynN.Morters28/04/2019
From Rough Tor car park to the NW. Over Rough Tor climbing many of the rocky tors, then on to Brown Willy, returning over Rough Tor,NormanW30/03/2019
Bolventor to Altarnun. Revisited via different route.Smudge29/03/2019
From Roughtor car park.lenman01/01/2019
Quick march in the morning cold from the Roughtor car park. Early enough that nobody else was around yet. Felt like I had the whole of Bodmin moor to myself.jkl31/12/2018
From RoughTor carpark, windy but dry.crispycrisp8819/11/2018
Ruth and Joey the HoundGragmole16/11/2018
From end of tarmac road near Camperdown Farm, SX 119790. The policies of Fernacre Farm are private and an irksome detour has to be made N and then E around the plantation and field walls to a bridge at SX 152804 and then up a muddy 'motorway' to the top.Isbjorn03/11/2018
With Katy. Sunny but very windy.George Thompson21/09/2018
From Rough Tor car park. Back over Rough Tor.Winterfloodian19/09/2018
A repeat visit of this impressive and popular viewpoint in sunny, breezy weather. Trig and wide based boulder cairn on top. Onto Butter's Tor and from Little Rough Tor.Denise 25/08/2018
3rd visit. With L and a Darren on a nice gentle logical round of 6 Tumps from the west. In 2012 a campaign was launched to change the unusual comical name to a more respectable original Bronn Wennili. However, apparently locals like it as it is and the Daily Telegraph inevitably called for change campaigners to 'Keep their hands off Brown Willy'Chris Pearson21/08/2018
With MaxBen Tindal10/08/2018
From NW car pack. Around Rough Tor then back over it.Topographer5709/08/2018
With Suzannedc9607/08/2018
from Roughtor carpark, great weather hot clear and dry as a bone, matilda stayed on Roughtor---too far dad !!richardrosser26/07/2018
From Rough tor CP to Brown Willy then back via Rough tor with elizyanneGmacT03/07/2018
From Rough Tor car park via Rough Tor and back via Showery TorClach Liath23/06/2018
rough tor, Brown willy, Logan rock picked up at Alex torcjo16/06/2018
From car park and over Rough Tor. cuckoo sounding off.gettingonabit13/05/2018
A county top outing of 4.5 mile's taking just under two hours from the free car park signed for Rough tor. One for a fine evening to catch the sunset over the three tors between Brown Willy and the car park. Navigation should be simple.WAYNE ROWLETT21/04/2018
From Rough Tor Car Park over low point and up permissive path. Returned via Rough Tor. An excellent little walk.SS13/04/2018
Walked from the Carpark over rough Tor then up to summit. only was down rescued a man who broke his leg air ambulance was called in, then around rough tor and back to car nice 6 mile walkjmistry8625/02/2018
A nice walk up Rough Tor 400m and Brown Willy 420m (the highest point in Cornwall) today with beautiful sunshine but a very cold wind. With Daniel Bruke, Kieran Mooney & Michal Skowronskichillyman804/02/2018
An excellent walk from the road end near Camperdown Farm. Room for one car amongst the ponies. Easy track, so you can admire the views of Rough Tor and Brown Willy as you stroll along, then a good easy path follows the wall around the plantations and field systems. There's a handy bridge over the De Lank river. Sadly, it has to join the nasty boggy motorway coming from Poldue and heading to the top, but the views are great all the way.Gill25/01/2018
1/8M parked road end near codda farm mixture of rough ground and tracks to the top.robertphillips08/11/2017
Kev and roo , a good walk out from Jamaica innkevandroo17/10/2017
With J. From car park at Poldue Downs along grassy track to Showery Tor, down to stream and path up to summit. Return via Little Rough Tor.Beeliner19/08/2017
Rough Tor, Brown Willy, Butters Tor, Garrow Tor,Alex Tor and Louden Hill circular walk.Arbie12/08/2017
from Rough Tor car park via Showery Tor and Rough Tor and then down into the valley for the haul up to Brown Willy. Superb sunny day. 2.5 hr round trip including a lunch stop.mapple10/08/2017
With Caleb.simon and co31/07/2017
Helen, Josh, Lucy, Molly and myself worked our way down from Rough Tor through the bracken and the rocks and then followed the path up to the Trigpoint on the summit of Brown Willy. We had a pastie and then after returning to the carpark enjoyed a paddle in the refreshing stream.JohRvs25/07/2017
Finished here on a six tor circuit just as the Coastguard helicopter decided to do an exercise right on top of the tor - spooked the sheep and our dog!Poolton12330/05/2017
Both of usTonyandsue15/04/2017
Rough Tor and Brown Willy from Rough Tor Car Park.rhalstead04/03/2017
Parked at Rough Tor car park and walked up side of Rough Tor on clear, grassy path. From ridge, easy view of path down to river crossing and up to the top of Brown Willy. Crisp, dry Boxing Day weather with glorious views.Hippy7726/12/2016
3 hour circular trek starting at New Park Farm to the north with African summit baggers Stuart and Peter. Clear blue skies and far reaching views.Graeme20/11/2016
TD & CThis Dog22/10/2016
From large free car park SX138819 over Rough Tor, nice little scramble to summit. Nice hill shame about the name.rogreeves29/09/2016
Lovely clear day.walked from rough tor car park up the track over rough tor, down to river then on up to summit.pretty good obvious path all the way. great views including of the cheese farm! Came back same way ...slow walk 2.5 hours round trip.keithelliott15/09/2016
Parked at the Rough Tor car park. Got scorched in the 31 degree blazing sunshine, had to negotiate my way past a big herd of cows between Rough Tor and Brown Willy.edmundjohnson18/07/2016
With CPgarth8714/07/2016
Climbed accidentally! Heading between Butter's Tor and Garrow Tor but took the wrong side down!!!moorsman17/06/2016
Parked in carpark to north. Up and over rough tor and on to summit. Sunny day, great views.Mash201616/02/2016
Ascended from Rough Tor car park with Rough Tor. Great views over Bodmin Moor and to north coast. Easy walk over grass to Rough Tor, then clear path to Brown Willy.quadbarrel08/07/2015
Raining, blowing a full gale and zero visibility - until I was halfway back to the car - when out came the sun. I failed to find the letterbox (it is marked on the OS map). Watched crows playing with the wind... fly low along the windward foot of a crag, pull up and updraft shoots you 50ft vertically, make a lot of happy crow noises, repeat (for about 20 minutes)M3WDD28/06/2015