Botanising around Kilmar Tor (BCG)

29/07/2017 - 9:30am
29/07/2017 - 4:00pm
Ian on 01726 890384 mobile 07714 738189 or email
Event Leader:
Ian Bennallick
Small parking area just north of Twelve Men's Moor at SX25847585

This is the last walk this year around the North Hill/Launceston area but there are others  in August around Stoke Climsland, Davidstow, Tokenbury Corner near Pensilva and Kit Hill which are close by. Also a visit is planned to Marsland Mouth at the end of the month. I will put some of the details on this web-site nearer the time.

Kilmar Tor is the third highest of the Cornish tors after Brown Willy and Rough Tor which lie to the north of the A30 towards Camelford. It is a very long tor with its western end descending down towards the Witheybrook. Bearah Tor is included in the first 1k square. There is a lot of clitter, several cairns & cists and hut circles. The Witheybrook is a bit tricky to cross (can always keep to the Kilmar side and watch) and the ground is quite marshy along the stream side but there are no large quaking bogs to be concerned about but walking will be over very rough ground.

Fabulous bit of landscape with big skies and a view from Kilmar to the sea, north and south. Dogs on leads should be fine as nesting should have finished by now. There is livestock grazing over the moor.

But the main point is to try to up-date records for the two squares which, like many moorland areas, have quite low numbers of plants. And other things are recorded as well of course.

Bring lunch/drinks to carry and be prepared for the weather although this is not the place to be in low cloud or pouring rain... Contact Ian beforehand if the forecast is poor. Parking area is small so please share cars; take care not to block access for farmers.

Equipment & Booking:
Appropriate clothing, waterproof footwear; sun cream/tick repellent; packed lunch and drinks; notebook, camera/phone, fieldguides, lens, binoculars. Dogs on leads.