Jamaica Inn

Brown Willy Run: the perfect way to start the New Year

Image: Brown Willy Cornwall,  Helen Hotson/Shutterstock

Jamaica Inn is proud to be hosting the start and finish of the famous and highly popular Brown Willy Run once again this coming New Year’s Day. For those not familiar with the event, it’s a well-signed, informal run (not a race, although being first to the summit and back is usually hotly contested) of about 7 miles. With a terrain of open moorland, which may be wet, slippery, boggy or frozen, the course is challenging and steep in places, however it is open to runners of all standards. Participants are advised to wrap up warm, as even when it doesn’t feel too cold at Jamaica Inn, it may be freezing and blowing a gale on the top of Brown Willy.

Jamaica Inn will be providing a warm welcome on arrival and a crackling log fire in the front bar for the runners on their return as well as for friends and family members looking on. Breakfast is served from 7.30am onwards followed by coffee and light bites and then a carvery lunch from 12 noon to 3.30pm. The bars are open from 10am to midnight. In short, it’s the perfect way to start the New Year.

There is no entry fee for the Brown Willy Run, but generous donations are encouraged, half of which will be going to the Cornwall Search & Rescue Team, who turn out every year to ensure the runners’ safety, and the other half will be going to WIRED Cornwall, a Stroke and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, based near Truro.

Brown Willy is Cornwall's highest hill, with a summit reaching 1,378 feet (420 metres) above sea level. Located among the rocky outcrops and desolate reaches of Bodmin Moor, with cairns that date back to the early Bronze Age, Brown Willy has been considered a sacred place for thousands of years.

With runners converging from across Devon and Cornwall, the Brown Willy Run is always an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends old and new and to start the New Year with a blast of fun, fresh air and good food at Jamaica Inn.

We look forward to your company and hope you enjoy your run.

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Opening times... Jamaica Inn is open from 7.30am, when breakfast is served to hotel guests and visitors, right through to midnight with dinner being served up to 9pm. The Museums are open from 8am to 9pm throughout the year and the Gift Shop and Farm Shop are open every day with times varying.

Farm Shop & Gift Shop
  • open every day (times may vary)

  • 10am – Midnight | Monday – Saturday
  • Midday – 10.30pm | Sunday

Smuggling & Du Maurier Museums'
  • Closed for refurbishments through to mid March

Food & Drink
  • Breakfast: 7:30am – 10.45am
  • Light Bites & Cream Teas: 11am – 5pm
  • Lunch & Dinners: Midday – 8:45pm last orders
  • Sunday Breakfast: 7.30am – 10:45am
  • Sunday Roasts and Light Bites: Midday – 4pm
  • Sunday Evening Meals: 5pm – 8:45pm last orders
Where to find us...
High on Bodmin Moor by the A30 about midway between Launceston and Bodmin – see the brown tourist signs.

Tel: +44 (0) 1566 86250
Email: enquiry@JamaicaInn.co.uk
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