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Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve

Most people have seen the monument standing proud above Bodmin, but how many realise what lies at its feet. Bodmin Beacon is an award winning open space is well known amongst the local community but remains a secret to the passing tourist.

Site Description:

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Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve uniquely combines;

  • rural charm
  • escapism
  • convenience
  • and cultural history.

The site is managed in partnership and covers 87 acres of traditionally managed farmland, public amenity space and community woodland.

The Beacon is a rounded hill lying in a prominent position next to to the town of Bodmin. At its highest point it reaches 162m with a distinctive landmark at its peak, the 44m monument to Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert built in 1857.


  • young  woodland,
  • semi-natural acid grassland managed as traditional meadows,
  • two arable crops for birds and insects 
  • and relict headland

All managed under a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme awarded by Natural England

Owner: Bodmin Town Council and Cornwall Council

Managed by: Bodmin Town Council and Cormac Solutions Ltd.


  • Small car park with approximately 20 spaces
  • RADAR locked gate providing all ability access onto the main field
  • Picnic area with two picnic benches,one of which is accessible to wheelchair users .
  • There are no toilet facilities on site.

All the information you need to plan a visit to Bodmin Beacon,

Opening Times: Every day (Open access)

Grid Reference: SX066 665

Travel Directions: Site Directions to Bodmin Beacon   

For satelline navigation systems a nearby postcode is PL17 8AX . Please note this postcode does not take you to the beacon entrance.

Visiting by Public Transport: Nearest railway station: Bodmin Parkway Station 3.7 miles.