Few parts of Britain (or indeed western Europe) are as wild and rugged as Bodmin Moor. Studded with spectacular granite tors, stone circles and old mine chimneys, the moor is wonderful walking territory all year round.
Bodmin Moor, image Victoria Clare
The gateway to the moor from South East Cornwall is the village of Minions. Within a few miles of the village, you can see plenty of evidence of human occupation of the moor, from the neolithic Trethevy Quoit (one of the best preserved megalithic tombs in the British Isles), and the Bronze Age stone circles called The Hurlers, right up to the remains of the Phoenix United copper and tin mine. Excavation of nearby Rillaton Barrow in 1837 discovered a fabulous gold cup dating to perhaps 1,700 BC. It is now in the British Museum in London, although there is a replica in the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.
Trethevy Quoit, image Jim Champion
The Hurlers at Sunset, image Paul Watts
In geological terms, Bodmin Moor is part of the Cornubian batholith - a group of granite intrusions throughout the southwest. This unusual geology is responsible for the metals that have been mined here since at least the early Bronze Age, especially tin. Mining reached its peak in the nineteenth century, but finished in the early twentieth. Today, you will find many old mine workings as you walk across the moor. It is the mining which gives Bodmin Moor its status as part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
The moor features Cornwall's two highest points - Brown Willy and Rough Tor. From Rough Tor you will even be able to see the north coast of Cornwall on a good day if you clamber to the top of its slowly eroded granite outcroppings.
Wringford is a collection of 6 cottages set in 4 acres on the South coast of Cornwall.
The cottages have from 1 to 5 bedrooms, sleeping a total of up to 40 people.
It is only a 10 minute walk to the beach and the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand.
Redgate Smithy B&B is a 200 year old converted Smithy, situated just above the beautiful Golitha Falls on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. Award winning, extensive and tasty breakfast menu, served in the conservatory. Watch the birds over breakfast! Excellent pubs and restaurants locally for your evening meals.
Badgers Sett Holiday Cottages are 4 star Gold Award Cornish granite cottages set within 2 acres of colourful grounds in an idyllic and peaceful location on the southern slopes of Bodmin Moor, a perfect place to relax and explore. Thyme and Lavender Cottages sleep 4 in a double and twin room (+cot of required).
An AA 5 star gold bed and breakfast with a wide choice from the award winning breakfast menu. Within easy reach of the Eden Project and other Cornwall attractions. Private tours of local attractions can be included in the room price.
Oak Barn B&B is full of warmth and character with decoration and furnishings which blend the old with the contemporary. Situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor, it is an ideal base for walking and exploring. However both the sandy beaches of the north coast and the fishing coves of the south coast of Cornwall are within easy reach.
Badgers Sett Holiday Cottages are 4 star Gold Award Cornish granite cottages set within 2 acres of colourful grounds in an idyllic and peaceful location on the southern slopes of Bodmin Moor, a perfect place to relax and explore .Rosemary Cottage sleeps 2 in a double room (+Cot if required)
Oak Barn B&B is full of warmth and character with decoration which blends the old with the contemporary, situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor. We offer a warm and friendly welcome with complimentary tea/coffee and homemade cake on arrival. There is a choice of cooked breakfasts from local products.
The villa itself is a brick built, furnished, self catering abode. Boasting a large patio with spectacular views of Millendreath Bay and its wooded valley. It sleeps four people and includes a kitchen, lounge, two bedrooms and a shower room.
A wonderful base for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts to explore the beauty of Bodmin Moor rich in historical sites and country pursuitsyet also within a 30 minute drive of the lovely south coast beaches, Jupiter Lodge is one of four recently built detached lodges surrounded by peaceful countryside.
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