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Name:Rough Tor
Hill number:17506
Height:400m / 1312ft
Parent (Ma):2881  Brown Willy
RHB Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
County/UA:Cornwall
Catchment:Camel
Class:Tump (400-499m), Clem
(Tu,4,Cm)
Grid ref:SX 14541 80795
Summit feature:tor
Drop:86m
Col:314.4m  SX 1566 8248  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 200
(1:25k) 109
Observations:tor 35m ENE at SX 14573 80812 is slightly lower
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 206 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From the car park to the NW, over Rough Tor and almost a straight line over the bridge up to Brown Willy. Got caught in a short sharp downpour on the top of Brown Willy whilst at the geocache, otherwise overcast and breezy. With Gillianrichard6925/08/2023
From louden over mostly rough ground then scramble up rocks. Had a lot more planned for today but abandoned after this one due to torrential weatherThe-Z-Man24/07/2023
With Rebecca on the way to Brown Willymazz01/07/2023
Out and back from Rough Tor car park to end of Brown Willy summit ridge, scrambling up Showery Tor, BW, Rough Tor and Little Rough Tor en route. Bracken high in places and appeared to be prime tick country, caught a couple of the buggers before they could bite! Great views and decent rocky summits with easy terrain in between.southern_rambler18/06/2023
With Carol, Mollie and Leo while staying at Porthcothan. Walked from carpark at SX 138 818 to Little Rough Tor then Rough Tor summit. Same route in reverse for descent. Dry but cloudy and hazy.Skip01/03/2023
Humid day out with all of usAJones02/09/2022
Parked at car park, nice walk up to summit before going on to Brown Willy.Gerry the Ranger02/09/2022
Parked at Rough Tor Car Park and, having climbed Brown Willy previously, did a circuit of Rough Tor, Louden Hill, Garrow Tor and Butter Tor. Lovely walk and no difficult bits other than getting on Rough Tor's summit rock.7.25 miles, 2h 45 mins.clivevilla29/06/2022
Rough Tor, Little Rough Tor, Showery Tor, Brown Willy, and back via Fernacre settlement.mavero1024/06/2022
From Rough Tor car park on a round of Louden Hill, Garrow Tor, Butters Tor, Brown Willy and Rough Tor.PeterD22/05/2022
From Rough Tor cp. Brown Willy and Rough Tor.Longwojo21/05/2022
Out and back to Brown Willy from Rough Tor car park via Rough Tor. With R.Dan Baddeley16/04/2022
A tour of the tors ... Showery, Rough, Brown Willy, Butter's and Garrow. Tried for Louden Hill but the farmer outside the farmhouse to the SE was resistant to passage along his farm track.summitter10/04/2022
Returning to car park from Brown Willyclimbingkershaw05/04/2022
Jamaica Inn - Tolborough Tor - Brown Willy - Rough Tor - Buttern Hill - Bray Down - Leskernick Hill - Hendra Downs - Jamaica Inn.Mark Jackson26/01/2022
Drove to the usual carpark at SX 138 818 then walked to Rough Tor, Little Rough Tor and Showery Tor. From there we followed the permissive path to Brown Willy Trig and cairn. Same route in reverse for the return walk. Dry day, cloudy at first then brightened, hazy views. Approx 5 miles with 793ft of ascent. Walked with Lindsey.Skip24/11/2021
Rough Tor > Brown Willy from GR: SX 13777 81922ronaldo33328/10/2021
Rough Tor > Brown Willy from GR: SX 13777 81922Hippster28/10/2021
Did Rough Tor part of the County Top with Brown Willy. Fairly rocky at the top which is quite technical to climb and reach the Summit of Rough Tor, but great fun.DavidHiner25/08/2021
en route between Showery Tor and Brown WillySlowOl31/07/2021
We followed a route from a book which maybe wasn't ideal. From Rough Tor car park, up to Showery Tor, down past the long house and over to the corner of the fence and followed a stone bank. Then we had to climb over a barbed wire fence which was not mentioned in the book! Up to Maiden Tor, then Brown Willy. Back via Little Rough Tor and Rough Tor. With Keith, Ross (5) and Callum (3).islamidget28/07/2021
P Roughtor CP to NW, easy ground up over Showery Tor, on to Bronn Wennili, with F.agentmancuso06/07/2021
Via Showery Tor and Brown Willy, with Sue, Gill and Gaynor.Phreerunner08/06/2021
with Evelynjd1607/05/2021
En route to Brown WillyIanHHill17/04/2021
On way to Cornwall with J. Glorious day & plenty of folk on the hill. From the FC car park to NW. Over the various tops of Rough Tor noticing two strange small model buildings in sheltered spots a few metres to W below the summit of Showery Tor. Ponies as far as the eye could see! Then followed the faint path down to the De Lank River & up to Brown Willy for a superb view. Retraced steps.NotReallyABagger26/09/2020
Climbed solo. Excellent weather. Dry, mostly sunny with some haze and cloud. Start from Poldue Downs car park. Climbed over Showery Tor. Descend to De Lank River (pathless). Over Maiden Tor to gain north ridge of Brown Willy, and climbed to summit. Kernow's highest point boasts an excellent cairn and viewpoint. Visited south top as well. Returned along good path to De Lank River, before making a direct (but easy) ascent of Little Rough Tor. A short ridge walk south leads to the main summit of Rough Tor, where a little scrambling on boulders is required. Returned to car park at Poldue Downs (slightly rough at first, then easy grassy path). Excellent walk of about 3 hours through some surprisingly good hill country.jamessteel10015/08/2020
Brown Willy from the NT Car Park. Visiting Rough Tor, Brown Willy, Butter's Tor, Garrow Tor, Alex Tor, and Louden Hill. A very wet and windy day with low cloud. 17km with 720m ascent in 5 hours. (S)silveracorn_alan03/11/2019
Paused at the usual carpark at SX 138 818 while on the way from B'ham Int to Wadebridge TL with Lindsey. Short walk on moor.Skip18/10/2019
A day out with all the family. Evan, Danu & Alfie didn't climb onto the summit tor.Dangerous Dave05/08/2019
On the way to and back from Brown Willy. Enjoyed scrambling on the various tors on a lovely dry day.NormanW30/03/2019
Stopped on the way to Porthcothan with Carol. Walked from carpark at SX 138 818 to Showery Tor then Rough Tor summit and back to car. Late afternoon, very warm and sunny.Skip25/03/2019
Circular walk taking in Lanlavery Rock, Showery Tor, Rough Tor and Logan Rock. With Alma Aurea.meltdiceburg19/02/2019
Ruth and Joey the HoundCragmole16/11/2018
Ruth and Joey the HoundGragmole16/11/2018
With Katy. Sunny but very windy.George Thompson21/09/2018
A justifiably popular tor with some great scrambling on rough granite and fine views. The SW tower is the lowest of the 3 potential high points. I thought the NE tower was slightly higher than the outcropping rock NE of the memorial plaque but there wasn't a lot in it.RichardM25/08/2018
A second visit. With L and Darren scrambling up the many tors incl the summit tor with its shapely scoop seat . Archaeologists have found one of the few Neolithic ( Stone Age) Tor Enclosures on the summit -with evidence found of wooden buildings with garden plots as farming developed. From the Bronze Age hut circles, standing stones, and burial mounds abound; and in Medieval times room was found for a chapel on the summit as well as extensive field systems around the hill, superimposed on top of those of the Bronze Age. Time Team did a programme about all of this. The summit memorial is to 43rd Wessex Division who lost 2000 men and 7000 wounded in the battle for strategic Hill 112 near Caen against dug in German positions and Tiger and Panther tanks, whose armour could not be penetrated by the British tanks. There is also a monument there in France today as well as here.Chris Pearson21/08/2018
On the way back from Brown Willy. Thanks to the guy who came down and gave me a hand up the last few steps.Topographer5709/08/2018
With JGCW08/08/2018
With Suzannedc9607/08/2018
from Roughtor carpark, stunning day, dry as a bone, with my daughter, Matilda, she declined to continue to Brown Willyrichardrosser26/07/2018
From Rough Tor car park en route to Brown WillyClach Liath23/06/2018
rough tor, Brown willy, Logan rock picked up at Alex torcjo16/06/2018
A fun scramble to the top of the separate tor, but then decided that the larger area with WW2 memorial might be of similar height. One feels aware of the centuries of human use of this Tor.Denise 25/05/2018
From Rough Tor Car Park over low point and up permissive path. Returned via Rough Tor. An excellent little walk.SS13/04/2018
Rough Tor, Brown Willy, Butters Tor, Garrow Tor, Alex Tor and Louden Hill circular walk.Arbie12/08/2017
en route to bag Brown Willymapple10/08/2017
With Caleb, Bev, Justin, Sarah and Tilly.simon and co31/07/2017
Parking in Rough Tor carpark, Helen, Josh, Lucy, Molly and myself followed the path up to the summit on a gloriously sunny, warm day. Superb views all round on the summit with Brown Willy nearby.JohRvs25/07/2017