On the edge of the fantastically rugged Bodmin Moor in the centre of Cornwall, this town is a beautiful backdrop for the natural environment surrounding it, making it a diverse trip for those who choose to holiday in North Cornwall.
The town is often referred to as ‘the gateway to the mystical moors of Bodmin’ due to the many myths and legends that have been passed down through generations. When visiting the moors the possibilities for walks around the 208 square kilometre lands are endless. Whether you’re looking to take a relaxing stroll around one of the many rivers that are sourced from the moors or challenge yourself to reach the highest point in Cornwall, Brown Willy which stands at 417 metres high, there is going to be a walk suitable for you. You won’t be short of things to see and do while walking the moors with thousands of animals along with artefacts from both prehistoric and medieval times found on the moor.
For those who prefer to explore on two wheels, the Camel Trail runs on a disused railway line between Bodmin and Padstow passing through a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) giving some of the most breathtaking countryside views in the whole of the UK. The 18 mile stretch of trail passes through Wadebridge then hugs the River Camel until you reach Padstow where you’ll find Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips restaurant, a must try while on holiday in Cornwall.
A visit to the Jamaica Inn is also a must while on a Bodmin holiday. The pub was made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel ‘The Jamaica Inn’ where the author tells a tale of smuggling and romance, which has recently been remade for a BBC drama. You can learn more of the history at the Smugglers’ Museum on at the pub or enjoy a pint of local ale along with a meal in the award-winning restaurant.
Another notorious location in the area is Bodmin Jail which stands tall above the town. Since its closure in 1927 the building has been turned into a tourist attraction with exhibitions on former inmates and eerie stories on the supposed ghosts that haunt the buildings. You can even put yourself in the shoes of the jury that used to decide the fate of inmates at The Courtroom Experience at the Shire Hall, where you hear the evidence that was used during an actual case in 1844. After reaching a verdict you’re taken on a tour of the holding cells where the accused would have waited to hear their fate.
A visit to the Jamaica Inn is also a must while on a Bodmin holiday
A holiday in Bodmin is a great way to sample all the delights that Cornwall has to offer. The wild terrain of the Bodmin moors, the variety of Cornish cuisine, only a 30 minute drive to the renowned coastline and the excellent hospitality that makes Cornwall a dream holiday spot!