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Bodmin Moor

About Bodminn Moor  |  Weather

Smaller, and less daunting than its neighbours, Dartmoor and Exmoor, Bodmin Moor nevertheless contains 100 square miles of windswept uplands. Particularly well known to visitors to Cornwall today, because the A30, the main road in to Cornwall, sweeps across the moor. Stone Age man lived here, as can be seen from the remains of settlements and field systems dotted along the edge of Rough Tor. Most of the moor lies above 800 feet, and the highest point, also the highest point in Cornwall, is Brown Willy at 1377 feet, with Rough Tor at 1300 feet close behind. Both can be reached after a brisk walk from the nearest car park. Cornwall's two most important rivers, the Camel and the Fowey, both rise in the Moor. And there are two reservoirs on the Moor, Colliford and Siblyback.


Also there is Dozmary Pool, which legend says is where Arthur's sword Excalibur was throw. From the waters of the lake rose the hand of the Lady of the Lake to receive the sword. Perhaps the sword is still there! Perhaps the best known place on the Moor today is Jamaica Inn. This is a slate hung 18th century building, used by smugglers in the past, as it was the only stopping place on the lonely hike across Bodmin Moor. immortalised by Daphne du Maurier in her book of the same name, Jamaica Inn is more accessible today, as it is on the A30.


For more information on Bodmin and the moor, please visit the official Bodmin website. Click here Bodmin Moor for the history, the landscape, the people - where to stay and what to do. The home of Bodmin Moor on the web.








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