Our guide to self-catering holidays in Bodmin & Country
The rugged moorland that surrounds Bodmin’s found itself under the gaze of the nation over the past few years, as it’s been used as one of the filming locations for the BBC’s Poldark. Bodmin Moor stars as the backdrop to many a shot of Ross Poldark cantering through the heather on one of his missions, and if you’ve seen the series then you’ll already have an inkling that Bodmin and its countryside are spectacular.
If you like long windswept walks, plenty of opportunities to wander the path less travelled and scenery that changes with the seasons, then Bodmin’s the place to do it. The town itself has a charming air that makes it easy to imagine how it looked in days gone by, and you’ll find your share of quirky attractions to enjoy while you’re there. The Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway’s one of the area’s most popular days out, and there’s something relaxing about sitting back and watching the landscape roll gently by.
Places to visit in Bodmin
Ok, so let’s start with the obvious one – Bodmin Moor’s got to be one of our favourite places to visit in Bodmin. There’s a wildness to this moor that sets it apart from Dartmoor in neighbouring Devon, and it’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With jutting granite outcrops, fluttering heather and historic churches, Bodmin Moor’s perfect for those days when you feel like escaping the crowds and finding your very own corner of Cornwall.
Next, it’s Bodmin Jail. This imposing jail dates back to the 18th century, and if you’re feeling brave you can join one of the tours that guide visitors around the building. With original cells and an atmosphere that only adds to the experience, the jail’s inspired more than its share of ghost stories over the years, and there’s a restaurant in the building so you can tuck into a plate of something hot while you mull over the tales at the end of your visit.
On a brighter note, make sure you travel the short distance to Lanhydrock, a stunning historic house not far from Bodmin. Owned by the National Trust, Lanhydrock’s a beautiful Victorian manor house, and it’s home to much of the furniture that it housed in its heyday.
Things to do in Bodmin
With all that countryside within easy reach, holidays in Bodmin make it easy to get out and about and enjoy some activity during your time away from it all. The Camel Trail’s a 17 mile stretch of walking and cycling trail that runs all the way from Bodmin to Padstow, and it’s nice and flat so it’s pretty much suitable for all. Keep your eyes peeled along the way, as there’s plenty of wildlife to spot as you make your way to the fishing town of Padstow, and if you work up an appetite you’ll have your pick of seafood restaurants that serve up the fresh catch of the day.
If you’ve never read Daphne du Maurier’s The Jamaica Inn then make sure you do before your Bodmin holiday. The real Jamaica Inn sits in the heart of Bodmin Moor, so you’ll be able to make your way to the eerie looking inn that inspred the spooky tale. Don’t be put off by the novel though, you’ll actually be greeted with a warm welcome and great food at this friendly pub, but part of the fun’s in imagining how life may have been for those who called the moor home in the days when smuggling was rife.