Bodmin Moor and Tamar Valley - map

Bodmin Moor and Tamar Valley - map

There isn't a better illustration of the diversity of Cornwall's landscape than the contrast between the ruggedness of Bodmin Moor and it's proximity to the lush Tamar Valley. In just a matter of miles the big sky and big panoramas of the high ground give way to a tranquil, blooming oasis of eucalyptus trees, ripening strawberries and meandering creeks while at the same time revealing some of Cornwall's best kept secrets.

Bodmin Moor

The 150 square miles of moorland is a great place for walking and brings you closer to the fascinating landscape, both natural and manmade. Such is the importance of the moor it has a whole swathe of designations including World Heritage Site status which recognises the importance of the tin mining industry dating back over 4,000 years. It has also been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and most of the moor has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest. From the top of Rough Tor and Brown Willy, the two highest peaks in Cornwall, the views are spectacular, while below you ancient buildings, standing stones and medieval farms add to the feeling of a land full of history waiting to be explored.  

The Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley is an area rich in beauty and history, possessing some of the finest scenery. The Estuary is an important haven for wildlife and the valley of the river Tamar, and its tributaries, the Tavy and Lynher, is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It's great walking country, and visitors can explore the area by train on the scenic Tamar Valley Line, by boat on the Tamar Passenger Ferry or pleasure cruises. The area is full of interesting villages and bustling country towns: the valley is marked by four ancient towns: Launceston in the North - with its steam railway and Norman castle; Tavistock to the East - gateway to Dartmoor with daily pannier market for food and crafts; Callington in the West - with its unusual mural trail, and Saltash - best known for Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge, now partnered by the impressive road bridge. Many of the villages also have their own guides and walking trails. There are many fine houses to visit, including medieval Cotehele House, and Mount Edgcumbe House on the Rame peninsula, plus a thousand year old castle at Launceston. 

Read our Bodmin Moor and Tamar Valley destination guide