Surrounded by dramatic tors Bodmin Moor is a walkers haven and there are many historical points of interest such as Carnglaze Caverns, Rough Tor, Golitha Falls and Dozmary Pool which is said to be the final resting place of King Arthurs sword Excalibur. Cardinham Woods has a mix of cycling and walking trails, free to use BBQ’s and pic-nic tables, a childrens playground, a cosy café & restaurant and an ice-cream bar (peak periods only) perfect for families, pet owners and cycling enthusiasts. The famous smugglers haunt, as depicted in Daphne du Maurier’s legendary book, ‘Jamaica Inn’ easily located just off the A30 to the north of Bodmin and is also worth a pit stop.
The historic market town of Bodmin is great for a day trip, the Shire Hall houses a Courtroom Experience visitor attraction, and just next to the Hall is the town museum which
displays much of Bodmins heritage. From the town there is easy access to the Camel Trail, an 18 mile purpose built route which follows a disused 19th century rail track. Cycle hire is available, ideal for a visit to Wadebridge or Padstow.
The famous Bodmin Jail offers a fascinating insight into the disciplinary system centuries past. Within the town is the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, the 13 mile return journey stops at Cardinham Woods, the Camel Trail and it is possible to walk from the Parkway station to Lanhydrock. This Victorian country house, owned by the National Trust, with gardens and woodland is a fantastic day out, the house itself provides a fascinating insight into the ‘upstairs and downstairs’ lifestyles of earlier periods. Another popular local country house is Pencarrow, located between the two towns Bodmin and Wadebridge. Pencarrow House and gardens are open seasonally with many pieces of art and antiques on display.
Cornwall is the most western part of the South West of England and is a very popular holiday destination with its array of golden sand beaches and dramatic cliff top scenery. The Cornish peninsular is bordered by sea, north, south and west with just one (land based) entrance and exit route over the eastern border to Devon. Traditionally fishing, mining and agriculture were the mainstays of the local economy but tourism has since replaced these. Cornwall boasts thousands of acres of un-spoilt moorland protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty. All year round, the 630 miles of coastal walks (preserved in part by the National Trust and Duchy of Cornwall), are enjoyed by walkers of all ages. Cornwall is known for its mild climate giving rise to the plethora of botanical & specialist gardens like the Eden project, Trelissick and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. By escaping to Cornwall you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the many contrasts that draw visitors year after year. From the picturesque fishing villages steeped in history to the iconic Eden Project, looking to the future. Survey the changing landscape from moorland to the dramatic & varied Cornish coastline. Sample the freshest gourmet offerings from the abundance of local produce or simply find a quiet spot and unwind with a Cornish clotted cream ice-cream! Wherever you choose to hang up your boots, you will never be far from the sea.
England’s peninsula incorporates the counties of Cornwall and Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Bristol. This region is mostly rural so is perfect to escape the everyday hustle and bustle, whether relaxing with the family by the seaside or exploring the wild moors and rugged coastline. The area boasts hundreds of beautiful sandy bays to choose from and fantastic surfing opportunities. The historic cities of Exeter, Bath and Gloucester are definitely worth a visit, and with transport links all the way down to Penzance even the famous Lands End and remote Isles of Scilly can be reached.