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
Cornwall
Forget-me-not Farm is a great base, with a choice of two cottages, nestled between enchanting Bodmin Moor and the spectacular north Cornwall coast, on a family run sheep farm, owned and farmed for over 300 years.

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley
Hallagenna Riding and Holiday Cottages offer self-catering accommodation in beautifully converted stables in the heart of Bodmin Moor. Modern, spacious cottages close to North Coast beaches, walking distance of excellent local pub and village stores.

Cornwall
Jamaica Inn in North Cornwall is Cornwall's most famous Smugglers Inn providing a relaxing & comfortable night’s sleep in both the original 1750’s part of this coaching inn and in the newer wing. B&B room rates include full English Breakfast.

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Cornwall
Ta Mill is a secluded rural hideaway of Cornish cottages and detached lodges (sleeping 2-9) nestling in a peaceful hollow of 45 acres on the fringes of Bodmin Moor. Surrounded by rolling countryside, it is an idyllic place in which to relax and unwind.

Mid Cornwall > Bodmin
St Benet’s Abbey is a charming and historic Bed & Breakfast located in Lanivet, the geographical centre of Cornwall. Built in 1411, it is a unique building now offering all modern comforts but retaining the charm and character of its historical past

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Cornwall
Located in the historic village of Lanlivery is one of Cornwall’s oldest pubs, the Crown Inn.  It is known that there has been an inn on the site since the 12th century serving weary travellers using the ancient track known as the Saint’s Way.

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Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin
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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Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin
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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