There are many day trips from Bodmin. Within a couple of miles of the town lie two of the region’s best Georgian residences, intimate, quirky Pencarrow and the grand, imposing fifty-roomed mansion at Lanhydrock. Both are set in lush grounds with gardens and woodland, lending themselves to gentle exploration at a leisurely pace. In the same vein, roam free with the deer in Cardinham Woods, while buzzards soar overhead; here marked trails wend their way through ravines and streams feeding Cardinham Water and make for a lovely day out, with picnic areas and children’s play area for those with little ones in tow. The Camel Trail is ideal for ramblers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, connecting Bodmin easily with the outlying towns of Wadebridge and Padstow, though train buffs may wish to join it from the comfort of a steam train ride on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. In addition to a nostalgic ride on one of the locomotives, true railway enthusiasts will want to extend their visit to see the restoration work being painstakingly carried out on trains being worked on in the Engine Shed. If wine rather than wagons is your thing, then don’t miss a visit to the Camel Valley Vineyards, where they have been producing internationally recognised wines on the sunny, south-facing slopes of the Camel River for over fifteen years. Tours and tastings are available, though it is wise to book in advance. Guided tours of a different nature can be enjoyed at Carnglaze Caverns, near one of Bodmin Moor’s access towns, St. Neot. Here, a forty-five minute visit delves more than one hundred metres into the hillside to reveal three stunning underground caverns of cathedral-like proportions, hewn out of the slate by local miners.