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Bodmin Beacon Nature Reserve

Bodmin Beacon ~ Green Flag Award

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Type: Natural Feature

From the top of the Beacon, where the 144 foot tall Gilbert’s Monument sits proudly over the landscape, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Cornish countryside, before taking a leisurely stroll around the Reserve and its hidden lanes which are carefully managed to promote wildlife. A walk through the Beacon wood will transport visitors from the open hilltop scenery into the shaded, tree covered walks where butterflies can be spotted absorbing the warming rays of the sun while at rest.The Beacon is a Green Flag Award winning site and is a great place to unwind, have a picnic in one of the wildflower meadows and to listen to the bird song on a lazy summer’s day. For more information please

Contact Details

Beacon Road
PL31 1AW

Tel: +44 (0)300 1234 202

Opening Times

1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018


Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Open All Year

Road Directions

Bodmin is easily accessible from both the A30 and the A38 the two main trunk roads through Cornwall. Approaching from the A38 (Plymouth) Follow the A38 to Bodmin. At the first roundabout just outside Bodmin, just before the A30 junction go straight across. At the second roundabout (Carminow Cross) take the first exit on the left. Follow this road past the industrial estates, over a railway bridge and past Travis Perkins store on the right. At the end of the road take a right past the Community School over the mini roundabout. Two thirds the way up the hill take the first left at a small cross roads. (The Beacon LNR is now on the hill in front of you) Follow this road up around the hill to the top of the hill. Few meters past the fruit and vegetable store on the left is the Beacon Car park with the Scout and Guide hut at its entrance turn left here. Approaching from the A30 (Exeter) heading South West Take the exit as you approach Bodmin also sign posted the Crematorium. Follow this road down past ASDA on left until you come to a junction. Turn right following the road into Bodmin town centre. Next to the church at the mini roundabout turn right. Stay on this road until you reach double roundabout at the top of the town. Turn left at first roundabout up Barn Lane. Continue along the road, up the hill. On your left you will pass Beacon ACE school, immediately on your right will be the lane to the Beacon past the scout hut into the Beacon Car park. Approaching from the A30 (Penzance) heading North Take Bodmin exit at end of slipway at roundabout (Carminow Cross) take first left and follow directions as if approaching from A38.

Public Transport Directions

There is a bus stop immediately opposite the main entrance to the site

First Kernow 27 or Plymouth City Bus 11a both stop here.