This ancient moorland has provided writers and artists with a backdrop of myth and mystique upon which to base a number of classics. Its description as the Hidden Heart of Cornwall aptly describes an area which has been worked against the harshest of elements providing stories of 4000 years of human endeavour.
In recent years E.V Thompson’s Catch the Wind tells the stories of the Moor through 19th century mining families eyes. Whilst Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn describes how smugglers exploited the moor and its links to remote coastal locations as they plyed their illicit trade.
An leisurely 15 minute green lane walk allows access to the moor across Foredown. A variety of options then become available. This could be tackling part of the 60 mile circular Copper Trail footpath or taking a leisurely stroll from Minions Village around the famous Cheesewring. The moor with its wildlife and fauna guarantee an enjoyable and informative walk.
Specific places of interest on the moor include:
- Golitha Falls with its woodland walks
- The Hurlers and Daniel Gumbs Cave near Minions providing two examples on which the moors myth and intrigue is based.
- Colliford and Siblyback Lakes as part of the South West Lakes Trust provide a variety of leisure opportunities varying from fishing to Wakeboarding
- Jamaica Inn providing a historic starting point for access to the northern section of the moor including Brown Willy and Roughtor.
- Local museums at Liskeard and Bodmin provide a flavour of life in and around the moor. At Bodmin also take the time to see the exhibition in the former County Court and the infamous Bodmin Jail.
Further information is available on site and we recommend the excellent series of books by Mark Camp which are available on site for purchase.
Cornwall beaches are internationally renown. Access to both north and south coasts provide for a variety of interests. With the north coast generally renown for its more rugged coastline and surf activity the calmer south coast provides a range of beaches ranging from Lantic Bay near Fowey to Kingsand and Cawsand on the edge of Plymouth Sound.
Our nearest beaches are at Looe and Seaton providing good facilities and easy access for families. Whitsand Bay offers 4 miles of sand and surf whilst for those seeking a little more solitude then Lantivet and Lantic Bay may be the places for you?
Whether it be the Lost gardens of Heligan or the more formal gardens around the Helford you will be spoilt for choice in Cornwall. Do not forget the many private gardens that frequently open their doors to the public and the smaller hidden gems tucked away in towns and countryside. We are pleased to offer advice to assist with planning your stay.
Houses / Places
National Trust Houses at Cotehele and Lanhydrock are well worth a visit. Both houses and their estates are very different and change with the seasons. Exploit the shaded riverside walk from Calstock to Cotehele in the summer. Visit Lanhydrock during late spring to see the bluebell woods in all their glory. At Christmas time Buckland Abbey the former home of Sir Francis Drake provides an experience of Christmas years ago.