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Thinking of visiting Bodmin Cornwall?
Bodmin is a great option for those looking for a quieter base, and willing to travel to the larger tourist hubs of St Ives, Padstow and Newquay. Bodmins central location, although not by the sea, its only a short 15 miles travel North to the Celtic Sea, or travel south 12 miles and you will hit the english channel at St. Austell. Its a perfect touring base or for camping and caravanning.
Most famous for its 80sq Miles of Granite moorland, Bodmin moor’s rugged landcape is a prime location for a days walking and hiking. The stunning, unique, rustic landscape has been captured in this image of and abandoned building in the heart of the moorland.
One of the most popular walks being Cardinham woods, managed by the forestry commission.There’s a play area on site making it a perfect option for kids. The onsite cafe named the Woods Cafe is a great place to start and finish your days hike. Amongst a multitude of other walks, The Copper Trail stands out- a 60 mile route that runs around the moor.
We can’t mention the moor, without warning of the famous, yet illusive “beast of Bodmin moor” unlike the loch ness monster and the yeti, the “beast” is less mystical in appearance, possibly an escaped panther now living and breeding in the wild.
The famous smugglers inn, “Jamaica Inn“is a wonderful stopping off point while in the area, Made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s book, which more recently has been made into a TV series.
The Jamaica Inn
A historic coaching house, that has welcomed weary travellers crossing Bodmin Moor for nearly 300 years. You will find an award-winning restaurant, olde worlde bars with great local ales and wines, and the fascinating Smugglers Museum where tales of wreckers, murderers and villains are brought wonderfully to life!
Crowdy Reservoir pictured below is a prime spot for bird watchers. Hides can be found at the area, which is around 15-20 min walk from North Bank. Anglers will also enjoy this spot, restrictions apply when fishing the lake so please check first.
For those of you looking for more information about walks around Bodmin moor check out Iwalk Cornwall Bodmin isn’t just about walking and admiring the moorland, here are our top picks of tourist attractions around the area.
More Things to do When Visiting Bodmin Cornwall
Much of the jail is in ruins, however, other parts have been restored and made into a tourist attraction with exhibitions of offenders imprisoned there. For those with nerves of steel, take part in the highly popular overnight ghost walks. During the First World War the jail held state papers and the Doomsday Book, the Crown Jewels have also been given safe haven here. The jail offers onsite refreshments, and evening dining. Great option to keep you entertained when it rains. Check out Bodmin Jail and the Courtroom Experience goes hand in hand with a visit to Bodmin Jail.
Camel Way – Cycle Path
The more active can use Bodmin as the gateway to the Camel Trail a 20 mile, surfaced and almost completely flat trail providing access to the beautiful Cornish countryside via a disused railway line. The cycle path links Bodmin to Padstow. Read more on the cycle path from Sustrans Website.
Bodmin Steam Railway
A 13 mile return journey from Bodmin General Station to Bodmin Parkway, great option when it rains, or to keep the kids entertained. Check out detailed information on Bodmin Railways website
Lanhydrock House, Bodmin
The great house stands in extensive grounds it has been owned and managed by the National Trust since 1953. Straight from the National Trusts website in regards to Lanhydrock House
Discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters, which offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms which reveal the comforts of upstairs living
Where to stay in Bodmin?
Camping and Caravanning in Bodmin
If you are looking for campsites in Bodmin, we have a great list of caravan parks and campsites available to stay. Don’t forget to come back here and review the sites to help out future visitors to the area. Take a look at the listedcaravan parks in Bodmin In case you wish to stay a little further out, are all the campsites we have in Cornwall
For more information visit theOfficial Bodmin Tourism website.