Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Bodmin is Cornwall's county town and is home to the largest church in Cornwall, St Petrocs Church. For the history buffs, the town has many trails; one of the greatest trails being the "Bodmin Well Trail", (free of charge) that takes you to all the holy wells that are dotted around the area.
Bodmin has a large selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs that provide food and drink throughout the day.
Bodmin town museum is well worth a visit, one of many highlights being a Victorian kitchen and wildlife section. Bodmin Jail has 5 floors of cells to wander through and is said to be haunted.
Bodmin has cycle routes for every grade of cyclist, from family friendly routes to red graded routes for those who want a challenging ride.
Bodmin is a great hub for those who enjoy walking; with the beautiful rugged landscape of the moor on the door step, it is a hiker's paradise.
Bodmin Visitor Information Centre in Shire Hall will provide you with all the information you might need for the exciting activities in the surrounding area that can entertain all the family.
Bodmin Moor was densely populated during the Bronze Age, shown by the large number of archaeological finds that have been uncovered over time. Bronze Age settlers first inhabited the area over 4,000 years ago, and to this day, it remains one of the last preserved areas in the South West.
Bodmin Moor has always historically had a landscape type that sent shivers down visitors backs, as well as awe. This sense of fear has given rise to many myths and legends over the passing years. One of the many famous stories is of supposedly a large panther like cat, named "The Beast of Bobmin Moor" that has been blamed for many livestock deaths. There have been many sightings of this mysterious creature, but no definitive proof to confirm people's fears.
Medieval miners have left their mark on the moor, with the long scars and cuts left on the landscape, after they had dug down to reach the tin deposits. The Cornish Mining that remains on the South East corner of the moor has been recognized as a World Heritage Site.
The moor has a large variety of wild life, the most well-known bird from the moor is the buzzard. There are also regular sightings of otters, badgers, foxes and Roe Deer on the moor.
There are many attractions in and around Bodmin Moor; Carnglaze Slate Caverns gives the visitor the authentic underground experience of an old slate mine. The tour finishes at an underground lake, that has a certain beauty about it that must be witnessed.
The Jamaican Inn is well worth a visit, the old coaching house has stood on Bodmin Moor for more than 400 years. There is a large collection of smuggling items on view at the Smugglers Museum, there is also the opportunity to see Daphne Du Maurier's room; where it is said the book "The Jamaican" was written.
Bodmin Moor is within 20 minutes drive of Whalesborough with a wide range of walks and activities.d