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
North Coast > Newquay > Perranporth > Film and Literature > Poldark
Award winning family park: 3 coarse fishing lakes, nature trail & pond, spacious level pitches, eurotents, caravan holiday homes to hire and buy, shop, launderette. Loo of the Year Award. 4 star facilities.

★★★★★ Visit Britain
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. 

★★★★★ Visit Britain
North Coast > Newquay > Perranporth > St. Agnes > Film and Literature > Poldark
Family run business, specialising in self-catering holiday accommodation in the North Cornwall areas of Newquay, Porth, Holywell Bay, Perranporth and St Agnes with over 130 quality properties to choose from.

★★★☆☆ AA
West Cornwall > Helston > Mullion > The Lizard > Film and Literature > Poldark
21 bedroom hotel, wonderful example of late Victorian architecture. Situated on The Lizard, overlooking the western approaches of the Atlantic Ocean, with fantastic views. Within walking distance of lovely Kynance Cove.

North Coast > Padstow > Film and Literature > Poldark
Self-catering holiday flats with large grassy garden area, just 200 yards from the beach at Constantine Bay, north Cornwall. Not far from Padstow. One flat sleeps 2, the others sleep 4. Dogs accepted.

★★★★Visit Britain
South Coast > Looe > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Liskeard > Film and Literature > Poldark
Super converted Cider Barn, full of character, in lovely countryside setting. Located between Looe and Bodmin Moor, only 1 mile from historic Liskeard.  Sleeps 5 + Baby in 3 Bedrooms.

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > St. Breward > Mid Cornwall > Bodmin > Film and Literature > Poldark
Hallagenna Cottages are situated adjacent to Bodmin Moor, a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy stunning uninterrupted views virtually from your door, or explore all that Cornwall has to offer from this central location

★★★★AA
Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Bodmin > Film and Literature > Poldark
The farmhouse bed and breakfast, near Bodmin, Cornwall is an early medieval cross passage and is grade II listed. The two rooms are well appointed with views over the gardens, courtyard and moor beyond.

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