Brown Willy

Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor


The highest and most amusingly named point in Cornwall, Brown Willy. The name is actually derived from the Cornish Bron Wennyly which, rather unamusingly, means “Swallow’s Hill”. Another possibility is it was called Bron Ughella, which means highest hill.
Whatever, the derivation there is a good deal of local interest in having the name changed back to one of these historic forms.

The tor is located on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor and stands at 1,378 feet (420 metres) above sea level. At the summit are two cairns (or rock piles) – folklore claims that an ancient Cornish King is buried under one.

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