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Holidays in Bodmin

A romantic landscape dotted with ponies and spiked with tors

Views over the moors

Surrounded by the mysterious and beautiful Bodmin moor, this quirky town is one of the oldest in Cornwall.

Bodmin’s idyllic location close to the Camel Trail, dramatic moorland and picturesque Cornish villages makes it hugely popular. Quaint rural villages such as St Kew, St Breward and St Tudy each offer an insight into traditional Cornish life. With a charming local pub at the heart of each thriving village, you’ll find yourself immersed in the relaxed Cornish atmosphere in no time.

While maintaining the classic look with granite buildings and independent businesses, Bodmin’s centre is a curious place, brimming with heritage. The 15th century church of St Petroc is not one to miss, rising proudly from the centre. If you’re interested in Bodmin’s past, take a trip to The Courtroom Experience or the Cornwall Regimental Museum. Keep an eye out for the seven holy wells hidden in the old town centre.

Bodmin Moor Altarnun

Showcasing 80 square miles of granite moorland, Bodmin Moor is a truly spectacular area. Wander over ancient bridges and take in the sights on the various trails available. Avid cyclists and walkers can make use of the 18-mile long Camel Trail . Mostly level, passing through the enchanting countryside, this route offers walks such as Bodmin to Wadebridge or Bodmin to Wenfordbridge. There are several eateries dotted along the Camel Trail, including the Snail’s Pace Café and the Camel Trail Tea Garden. If you’re stopping for a picnic, be sure to set yourself up at one of Bodmin’s prettiest spots, Delphi Bridge. Alternatively, enjoy a walk to Bodmin Beacon and stop there for a tasty lunch. The area is packed full of delis, shops and cafes where you can pick up local delicacies such as Cornish Yarg, a delicious cheese wrapped in nettles, or a classic Cornish pasty.

Treat yourself to a meal out in Bodmin on your holiday. A popular choice is the St Kew Inn . Renowned for having one of the area’s most beautiful beer gardens, you’ll find yourself tucking into hearty pub dishes such as beer battered goujons, Porthilly mussels or a scrumptious roasted halibut. There are plenty of light bites available, too. The Borough Arms is also famed for its gastronomic portions. Try the Cornish fish and chips, Cornish rump steak or the Cornish camembert for your fix of local produce.

“Surrounded by the mysterious and beautiful Bodmin moor, this quirky town is one of the oldest in Cornwall.”

If you’re looking for something different, check out the Camel Valley vineyard . Producing award-winning wines, the idyllic sloping vineyard is the perfect place to sample some of Cornwall's finest wine.

If you’re exploring the surrounding area, Wadebridge, Port Isaac, St Austell and Lostwithiel are all close by.

While you’re there

Bodmin Moor Walking Route

Choose from a wide selection of walking routes, from hard terrain to easy walking.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Enjoy a leisurely 13 mile trip around the beautiful Cornish countryside.

Bodmin Jail

A perfect rainy day attraction that will intrigue and interest the whole family.

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