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.