The Cheesewring, Bodmin Moor

The Cheesewring, Bodmin Moor

The Hurlers ancient stone circle near Minions, Bodmin Moor

The Hurlers ancient stone circle near Minions, Bodmin Moor

The rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor is home to ancient Neolithic stone circles, old mining remains, pretty villages like Minions and on the fringes wooded valleys. Rare plants like coral necklace and bog orchids flourish here. Bodmin Moor is a favourite with birdwatchers and wildlife lovers - catch sight of golden plover, curlew, lapwings, skylarks and snipe across the spike rush and grazed grassland. Spectacular wooded river valleys flank the edge of moorland like magical Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor near Liskeard.

Evidence of ancient man stretching back thousands of years can be found across the moorland in the form of hillforts on tors like Roughtor and Tregarrick, and Bronze Age standing stone monuments like the Hurlers near Minions village on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor. In the mid 18th century tin and copper mining began on the moor, on the surface at first, and by the 19th century in the form of deep shaft mines topped by engine houses like that of Houseman's near Minions. The great granite rock formations of The Cheesewring were also quarried.

Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve

Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve

From woodland walks to tours around great granite rock formations and ancient stone circles, Bodmin Moor is packed with natural and ancient manmade landmarks to explore. Good starting points are town museums exploring the history of Bodmin Moor in border towns like Liskeard, Camelford and Bodmin. Take a ride on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway or tour the age old Carnglaze Caverns at St Neot.

Equestrian and horse riding centres are plentiful offering treks into Bodmin Moor. Visit Jamaica Inn at Bolventor near Launceston, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's 1930s novel and subsequent film and TV adaptations. The onsite museum details the history of this famous old coaching inn and displays a fascinating collection of smuggler artefacts. Minions village, home to Cornwall's highest public house, is just a short walk from some of the most famous granite rock formations, ancient sites and mining remains in Bodmin Moor including The Hurlers stone circle, the granite strata of the Cheesewring and Houseman's Engine House with permanent mining exhibition.

Where to Stay

Large towns and villages around Bodmin Moor including Camelford, Bodmin and Liskeard offer a wide choice of accommodation. Around villages like Blisland, Advent, St Neot and Twowatersfoot you'll find numerous rural cottages and stone built barns or opt for a self-catering farm or camping holiday. Traditional Cornish B&Bs, farmhouses and Grade Listed small hotels are plentiful across Bodmin Moor.

Accommodation in Bodmin Moor

  • Upton Cross
    Sleeps 6
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    £357
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    Cornish stone holiday cottage near Liskeard with wood burner stoves, lawn garden, Freeview TV, laundry facilities & off road parking. Short breaks. One dog welcome.
     
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    £262
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    Delightful single storey holiday cottage set in four acres of grounds in St Neot close to Bodmin Moor. Wood burner stove, private patio, cot & high chair. No pets.
     
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  • Liskeard
    Sleeps 4
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    £308
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    Tastefully furnished two bedroom cottage in St Neot with feature exposed stonework, half an acre of garden & private access to the river. Laundry facilities, parking. Wi-Fi.
     
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  • Cardinham
    Sleeps 2
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    £258
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    Equidistant from both of Cornwall’s spectacular coastlines and nestling in delightful woodland, these thoughtfully converted barns are set in sunny, pleasantly landscaped garden...
     
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  • Upton Cross
    Sleeps 2
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    £265
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    This well-presented, single-storey, pet-friendly barn conversion with its open-plan living space and lawned garden is an ideal spot for those looking for a country escape yet wi...
     
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  • Bolventor
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    £65
     
    On the A30 between Launceston and Bodmin, The Jamaica Inn offers en suite rooms and 2 cosy bars. Full of character, the Inn features beamed ceilings, open fires and real ales.
     
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  • St Neot
    Sleeps 2
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    £253
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    This semi-detached holiday cottage sits at the top of the pretty Cornish village of St Neot. The property has an en-suite bedroom with country views from each window as well as ...
     
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  • Nr. North Hill
    Sleeps 6
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    £375
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
     
    Idyllically set near Bodmin Moor in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this ‘upside-down’ style barn conversion boasts lovely country views and its own large garden. The bar...
     
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  • Common Moor
    Sleeps 2
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    £231
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    This cosy, terraced, pet-friendly holiday cottage with its slate floor and open fire has lovely walks from the doorstep. Common Moor is an area of Bodmin Moor, bounded by the Ri...
     
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  • Warleggan
    Sleeps 8
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    £557
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 8
     
    This pet friendly, detached, stone farmhouse is surrounded by countryside and situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor, unspoilt moorland at its best. With walks from the door, this ...
     
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