The Sykes Cottages Guide To Bodmin and Bodmin Moor (Part 1)

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Bodmin is an interesting town, well located for a holiday cottage stay being just three miles west of the famous Moor, but also equidistant from the region’s north and south coasts with all their visitor attractions, and the Camel and Fowey rivers. The town and immediate environs have plenty to keep the holidaymaker occupied before leaving them free to discover the wider Cornwall area. There are a number of worthwhile museums in town, some of the region’s finest stately homes, the Camel trail, caverns, steam trains and, of course, the desolate beauty of the smallest of the West Country’s famous moors on its doorstep, enigmatic Bodmin Moor.

The town enjoys a blend of locally owned art and craft shops and regular high street names, and there are a number of good pubs and restaurants for dining out. Unusually, the town boasts an 83-acre Nature Reserve in the very centre of town, Beacon Nature Reserve, which provides ample opportunity for a ramble or picnic, rewarding the visitor with spectacular moor land and coastal vistas. Bodmin is a compact town best explored on foot; it’s most popular day trips are also easily manageable without a car, the many cycling and walking trails emanating from the town to the South Coast reach as far as Lostwithiel, Lanhydrock Stately home and golf course and the Eden Project.

Within Bodmin town itself, visitors should take in the main places of interest. The cells at Bodmin Jail can be explored, where stories of their use have been recounted. Close to the jail, St Petroc’s church dates from the fifteenth century. Cornwall’s largest church, the principal sights here are the impressive Norman font complete with a fearsome set of beasts and the Vyvian tomb, which retains for posterity a black carved effigy of the abbey’s last Prior. Alongside the tourist office, Bodmin’s Courtroom Experience re-enacts one of the region’s most controversial trials, that of one Matthew Weeks, engaging the visitor to visit the cells where inmates were held then cast their own vote at the end of the trial. Bodmin Museum charts the history of local personalities, one of whom is honoured in the Gilbert Memorial, the town’s most distinguished landmark and from which there are tremendous panoramic views.

Why not take a look at our self catering cottages in Bodmin?

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