Bodmin Moor + The Tamar Valley

There is no better illustration of the diversity of Cornwall's landscape than the contrast between the ruggedness of Bodmin Moor and its 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 ancient woodland, ripening strawberries and meandering creeks, while at the same time revealing some of Cornwall's best kept secrets.

Bodmin Moor

From the top of Rough Tor and Brown Willy, the two highest peaks in Cornwall, the views are spectacular. Ancient buildings, standing stones and medieval farms add to the feeling of a land full of ancient history. Bodmin Moor holds a host of designations including World Heritage Site status, recognising the area’s mining industry dating back over 4,000 years. It is also the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cornwall, most of the moor has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Importance and in 2017 it was awarded Dark Skies status.

It's a brilliant place for walking with over 100 square miles to explore, Go in search of King Arthur, discover the hidden smugglers paths leading to and from Jamaica Inn or walk in the footsteps of prehistoric man. It's Cornwall's wild heart, but choose a good day and it can be the best place in the world!.

Poldark connection:

The cast and crew have found themselves on Bodmin Moor for a large part of their time in Cornwall. Scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, were shot here along with many capturing the cast on horseback.  With a rugged character and wild streak, Bodmin Moor provides the perfect backdrop to Poldark’s plot of passion and family dramatics

 

You'll find:

 

  • Market towns
  • Historic houses
  • Jamaica Inn
  • World Heritage Mining heritage
  • Moorland walks and villages
  • Lush wooded river valleys
  • Historic churches
  • Stone Circles, Neolithic burial sites and Iron Age Hill forts
  • Start of the Camel Trail
  • Arthurian legend
  • The two highest peaks in Cornwall

 

Places to visit include: Liskeard, St Cleer, Bolventor, Temple, St Neot, Bodmin, Cardinham, Blisland, Camelford, Warleggan, Slaughterbridge, Rough Tor and Brown Willy,

 

The Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley forms the boundary between Cornwall and Devon and runs from very close to the north coast down to Plymouth Sound. Bordered by steep wooded valleys, rich farmland and water meadows, it is an ever changing landscape often hidden away from the touristy areas of both Cornwall and Devon.   

It is an area rich in beauty, history and stunning scenery. An important haven for wildlife, the river valley and its tributaries are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's great walking country, but you can also explore the area by train on the scenic Tamar Valley Line or by boat on the Tamar Passenger Ferry or pleasure cruises. The valley has four ancient towns: Launceston with its steam railway and 1,000 year old Norman castle; Tavistock - gateway to Dartmoor with daily pannier market for food and crafts; Callington - with its unusual mural trail, and Saltash - best known for Brunel's Royal Albert rail Bridge.

There are many fine houses to visit, including medieval Cotehele House, Antony House at Torpoint and Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park on the Rame peninsula, plus  castles at Launceston and Trematon nr Saltash. 

 

You'll find:

 

  • River trips
  • Historic houses
  • Scenic railway lines
  • Norman castles
  • Fishing
  • Country parks
  • World Heritage mining sites
  • Walking trails
  • Market towns

 

★★★★★ Visit Britain
South Coast > St. Austell > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Bodmin
Superb quality country cottages, sleeping 2-6, great location near Eden Project and Heligan Gardens. Close to south coast and attractions, ideal for families & couples. Indoor swimming pool, play areas, free wi-fi, log burners. 

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Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Bodmin > Film and Literature > Poldark
An oasis of tranquility in the heart of Cornwall. Self-catering Cabins and Bungalows, Glamping Wigwams and Pods, Camping, Caravans. Small peaceful family site - featured in 'Cool Camping for Kids'.   

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > St. Breward > Mid Cornwall > Bodmin > Film and Literature > Poldark
Dog friendly detached self catering holiday cottages nestling in a sheltered Cornish valley on the edge of Bodmin Moor in St Breward. One of the most idyllic locations in all Cornwall, Darrynane is the ideal destination.

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Bodmin
East Rose is a unique complex of seven holiday cottages on Bodmin Moor, set in 17 acres with wonderful views over rolling Cornish countryside.

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Launceston > Bodmin
Beechgrove offers a charming blend of Victorian features and contemporary luxury in the spacious guest suite. Launceston is ideally placed for exploring Cornwall, while a glowing reputation and great attention to detail ensure a memorable visit.

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Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Bodmin > Film and Literature > Poldark
A b&b in the village of Cardinham, near Bodmin, Cornwall. Comfortable and centrally located for exploring the best that Cornwall has to offer. The Old School House is a converted Victorian School set in pretty gardens.  Two miles off the A30.

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South Coast > Lostwithiel > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Bodmin
Family owned hotel set in 180 acres on picturesque golf course with luxury accommodation near the A30 and Bodmin, central to Cornwall. Bistro restaurant showcasing local Cornish produce.

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North Coast > Camelford > Delabole > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Bodmin
Four beautifully converted Grade 2 listed barns in seven acres with panoramic views. Graded five star and four star gold, sleeping 2-6. Ideally located for exploring the many attractions of North Cornwall and beyond. Dog-friendly.

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