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 

★★★★Visit Britain
South Coast > Mevagissey > Pentewan > St. Austell > Film and Literature > Poldark
Choice of cottages in mid Cornwall surrounded by 22 acres of green fields and rolling countryside. Leisure facilities inc swimming pool, spa bath, gym, recreation room and all year round tennis court. 4-5 star.

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West Cornwall > Helston > Porthleven > Film and Literature > Poldark
A selection of 25 holiday lets in Porthleven, west Cornwall sleeping 2 - 8 guests. Many have sea views and all are close to harbour, beach and village facilities.

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North Coast > Port Isaac > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Blisland > Bodmin > Film and Literature > Poldark
This delightful detached riverside holiday cottage nestles in a unique location with direct frontage onto the River Camel

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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'.   

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North Coast > Newquay > Film and Literature > Poldark
Five Star Holidays, Five Star Park...ward-winning family and couples holiday park situated in Newquay with superb facilities including children's activities, full entertainment, play parks, soft play and fantastic Oasis Fun Pools complex

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West Cornwall > Helston > Porthleven > The Lizard > Film and Literature > Poldark
A 5 star holiday park with luxury holiday lodges offering stunning scenery of the Cornwall countryside. This is the ideal place to unwind or enjoy romantic breaks with private hot tubs available. 

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.

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North Coast > Newquay > Film and Literature > Poldark
These stylish modern and well-appointed apartments – brand new in 2009 – are part of a select complex of just twelve properties. They enjoy a superb location virtually on the beach in Porth.

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