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 eucalyptus trees, 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 tin mining industry dating back over 4,000 years. Plus it has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and most of the moor has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Importance. A brilliant place for walking with over 150 square miles to explore, it's Cornwall at is wildest.

Poldark connection:

The cast and crew 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

The Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley is a wide wooded river valley reaching from Bodmin Moor to Dartmoor, from the beaches of East Cornwall, to the towns of West Devon, along the River Tamar, from North Cornwall down past Plymouth to the Rame Peninsula. 

You'll find: ancient mines, Tudor houses, stunning gardens, rivers, fishing, mining heritage, sailing, gardens, art, canoeing, and eating out 

It is an area rich in beauty, history and stunning scenery. An important haven for wildlife, the Tamar 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, and Mount Edgcumbe House on the Rame peninsula, plus a thousand year old castle at Launceston. 

You'll find:

  • Market towns
  • Historic houses
  • Jamaica Inn
  • Mining heritage
  • River cruises
  • Scenic rail lines
  • Moorland walks and villages
  • Lush wooded river valleys
  • Historic churches and castles
  • 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, Callington, Slaughterbridge, Rough Tor and Brown Willy, Launceston, Hallworthy, Harrowbarrow, Calstock, Saltash. 

Explore our map of Bodmin Moor and The Tamar Valley 

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North Coast > Newquay > Film and Literature > Poldark
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North Coast > Padstow > Film and Literature > Poldark
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West Cornwall > Helston > The Lizard > Film and Literature > Poldark
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South Coast > St. Austell > Film and Literature > Poldark
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North Coast > Padstow > Film and Literature > Poldark
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North Coast > Mawgan Porth > Newquay > Watergate Bay > Film and Literature > Poldark
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South Coast > St. Austell > Film and Literature > Poldark
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