Bodmin Moor is one of the most wild and dramatic landscapes in England. Steeped in folklore, it has been inhabited since 10,000 BC and its history includes tales of smuggling and murder, yet in summer you will be amazed by the timeless and tranquil beauty of this seemingly vast expanse.
Although only 10 miles square, the moors offer a rich and varied landscape including high moorland as well as wooded valleys and gentle farmlands. The wild horses and ponies that roam the moors are a captivating sight along with the many Bronze Age features, hut circles and countless standing stones which are clearly visible on any walk across the moor.
The moor is home to a wealth of archaeological remains including King Arthur's Hall (possibly a Neolithic 'henge'), Brown Willy (Cornwall's only mountain), Jamaica Inn, Delphy Bridge, the Hurlers, the Cheesewring and Golitha Falls and all are well worth exploring. If you are feeling energetic, a hike up Roughtor will work up an appetite for a tasty pub lunch, and reward your perseverance with spectacular views of both the north and south coast.
With eighteen separate parishes, the moorland villages often have fascinating histories with ancient churches, hidden holy wells and winding footpaths to discover. Most offer excellent hospitality including Blisland, St Breward, Minions and St Neot.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, this is a view of Cornwall that is rarely seen by its many visitors, but one which is highly recommended.