The beautiful and rugged Bodmin Moor has always been shrouded in mystery with tales of romance, smugglers, fairies and beasts drawing people in search of their own adventure.
The original Poldark country, Bodmin Moor remains as beautiful, untouched and wild as it always was. Moorland ponies roam wild and free. Cattle, sheep and deer can be found grazing the hill tops, while hidden deep in the woodlands the Beast of Bodmin can be heard searching for its next meal. Secluded and romantic, the breathtaking scenery has inspired heart break, passion and thousands of proposals.
Bodmin, with its moors, lakes, rivers and woodlands, is perfect to explore on foot. Start the day walking to the top of Rough Tor for some of the best views in Cornwall before walking on towards Fernacre Stone Circle, a collection of 56 stone megaliths, and then onto Brown Willy. The amazing views, history and untouched surroundings will make you long to visit the moor over and over again.
Today visitors can still experience a real taste of the moor as people did years ago by saddling up and exploring the amazing terrain on horse back. Experienced riders can follow the steps of Ross Poldark with ‘The Poldark Trail’ from Hallagenna Riding. Less experienced riders can still enjoy riding in this amazing moorland setting from a range of other stables.
If you’re brave enough visit the Jamaica Inn; famous for smugglers, rogues and pirates whose spirits have stayed longer than planned. The regular evening and weekend Ghost Tours are not for the faint hearted. Alternatively, confess your crimes and head to the infamous Bodmin Jail. Built by prisoners in 1778 and is claimed to be one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, it allows visitors to spend the day immersed in history.
South Priddacombe, near Bolventor on Bodmin Moor is the perfect place to stay while you visit and explore the moor.