Know before you go
Grazing animalsCattle Grazing between June and October.
Various tracks and paths give access across the reserve, but these can be wet and muddy.
There are various paths around this reserve, terrain can be difficult. Contact the Trust for further access information.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
The Downs is an extensive tract of heathland, once more widespread in this part of Cornwall. Woodland and heath also found here support a wide range of habitats. The boggy areas have large populations of bog asphodel, round leaved sundew and pale butterwort. Cornish bladderseed grows on the southern edge of the Downs. Small heath, grayling and green hairstreak butterflies can be seen on summer days on the short heath areas