Bodmin Moor – Top 5 Things to do

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We knew all about the amazing Cornish beaches, but what was a totally unexpected bonus was discovering, (and continue to discover,) all that Bodmin Moor has to offer. We love it, it’s great for walking, riding, climbing, paddling in lakes, having a picnic and exploring.

Here are some fun facts about ancient and mystical Bodmin Moor:

  • The name ‘Bodmin Moor’ is relatively recent, and is an Ordnance Survey invention of 1813. Before it was known as Fowey Moor after the River Fowey which rises within it
  • Bodmin Moor is known in Cornish as “Goon Brenn”
  • It is a granite moorland 208km (80 miles) square in size, as is an area of outstanding natural beauty

Ancient Settlement Ruins at Roughtor

Everyone walks to the top of Roughtor, and while this is a brilliant walk we would like to suggest another great and far less steep option. Walk half way up the main path and then branch out left across the moorland. Here you will find evidence of old settlements, hundreds of old huts dating back to the bronze age. Among the extensive ruins, are at least two stone circles, and evidence of a Medieval chapel, see what you can find. When you get far enough across, just head down and then back to bridge along the river. Have fun, there are lots of boulders and rocks to jump off if the mood takes you!

Paddle at Golitha Falls

Golitha Falls and the surrounding woodland is a magical place. The parking it free and it’s a popular place for walking. Our favourite thing to do though is pack a picnic, put our swimmers on and spend a hot day in the cool of the woods splashing about in the shallow river. It’s great for climbing logs, making mud pies, skimming stones and discovering nature. IF you fancy a different option to the beach it’s worth a trip. It’s also good in autumn if it’s a bit rainy as you don’t even notice with the leafy cover.

Explore the Mines

Out near Minions and Cheesewring is old Cornish mining country. Mainly mined for tin, the landscape is noticeable different. It makes for a great wander. There are lots of walks, such as the Caradon Trail, which are closely tied to the mines. It’s usual with lots of hillocks and dips to investigate, well worth a look. Although Cornish metal mining is now finished (as of 2007 there is no metal left to mine!) the Cornish people are still partial to a pasty or three.

Go Horse-Riding

Described as one of the best places for horse riding in the UK (and even in Europe), it is a great way of discovering Cornwall’s beautiful unique landscape. Experience the exhilaration of riding over the vast moors, amazing views, crossing streams, climbing rocky Tors and trotting over the large open valleys. If you love riding this is definitely for you!

Have lunch at Cornwall’s Highest Pub

Believed to have started trading in the 15th century this cosy country pub can be found on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Cornwall’s highest public house stands 720 feet above sea level. The food is great and all home cooked (we recommend the game burger, though it’s all good). The location is great for a walk and then a pub lunch. Farmer Jez recommends trying the local ales, bottoms up!

Check out the pub’s website