Last year we decided, together with extended family, that we would like to holiday somewhere, where we could do lots of walking. We considered many of areas but finally decided on the Bodmin Moor area of Cornwall.
Bodmin Moor consists of 80 square miles of granite moorland in Northeast Cornwall. It is the most sparsely populated part of the county.
We searched on the Internet for cottages Cornwall. We eventually found two cottages Cornwall that seemed to suit our requirements. The cottages were situated in the small village of St.Breward near the edge of the moor. St.Breward is the starting point of the well known ‘Camel Trail’.
We arrived at the cottages Cornwall on a lovely sunny afternoon and we were very impressed with the standard of the accommodation. After unpacking, we took a stroll through the small village and bought supplies at the only shop in the village. The friendly shopkeeper showed us his range of tourist information – maps, walks and cottages Cornwall to rent. We bought a small book which had instructions for several walks in the area.
On the way back to our cottages Cornwall we stopped off at the 200 year old pub – the ‘Old Inn’ – and relaxed in the beautiful beer garden with pints of the local ale. Suitably refreshed, we walked back to our cottages Cornwall to prepare dinner.
After dinner we spread out our maps to decide on the following days walk. After some discussion it was agreed that we should stay within a five mile radius of our cottages Cornwall for the first couple of days until we got limbered up.
The next morning most of us set off to Altarnun. I say most of us because two members of our party (Tom and Sally) elected to lounge in bed at our cottages Cornwall.
Altarnun is the largest parish on the moors and is home to ‘the Cathedral of the Moors’ with its 109 foot tower. We went into the church having been told that all the bench-ends had been carved by a local craftsman in the 16th century. The carvings were all different and depicted various Christian and local subjects – very impressive.
The rest of the village is situated in a sheltered valley and is reached by crossing Penpont Water which is spanned by two bridges. Penpont water is a tributary of the River Inny.
Altarnun is one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall. Most of the buildings are made of moorland granite – typical of cottages Cornwall. We walked through the village and then down a shady lane, reputed to be 1000 years old, until we came to the hamlet of Five Lanes.
The star attraction of Five Lanes was the old coaching inn, the King’s Head – built in 1623. It became a staging post for coaches using the turnpike road over the moor in the 18th century and is said to be haunted. We had lunch at the Inn and then retraced our steps to our cosy cottages in Cornwall.
Upon arrival at our cottages Cornwall we were greeted by the aroma of roasting meat. I think Tom and Sally should remain at our cottages in Cornwall every day.
The following day the weather was not very good. We decided to drive to, the famous, Jamaica Inn high up on the moor. The inn was built in 1750 and was a regular haunt of smugglers due to its isolation. Today the inn houses a museum with a large collection of smuggling artifacts and a Daphne du Maurier room.
There are many tales of ghosts and haunting’s at the inn. If you are brave enough to spend the night there DO NOT sleep in room number “4 “, apparently it is of great interest to the Ghost Society.
We lunched at the inn and then made our way back to our cottages Cornwall for a long lazy afternoon in front of the log fire.
Woke up the next morning to brilliant sunshine and decided to attempt one of the walks detailed in our recently purchased book. However, we decided to take a direct route to the end of the walk and follow the instructions in reverse to end up back at our cottages Cornwall.
Very bad idea! It is very confusing, instruction such as “look over your left shoulder and you will see a small gate”. These and similar instructions had us walking backwards on occasion, we must have looked ridiculous. However, we eventually found our way back across the moors to our cottages Cornwall.
During the next few days we visited several of the surrounding towns and villages.
We travelled to Bodmin with its bustling market. The old county prison is now a museum which is very interesting. The old prison was replaced by Bodmin Gaol which was the site of the last public hanging in 1909. The Gaol was closed in 1922. Bodmin is mentioned in the Domesday Book. At that time there were only 68 houses in the town, slightly different now!
Cottages Cornwall – Steeped In History
We visited the bustling port of Fowey and bought fresh crabs to take back to our cottages Cornwall. We wandered through town looking in the galleries and craft shops. One of these shops was the ‘Old House of Foye’, a medieval house built in 1430. It has been beautifully preserved. The beamed interior and fireplace have never been altered. After a delicious cream tea we returned to our cottages Cornwall.
Another lovely trip was to St.Cleer where there is a Holy Well. Apparently, it was originally used to treat the insane, could come in handy! The insane were tossed up and down in the water until their sanity returned. A short walk to the north we came upon King Doniert’s stone, complete with a Latin inscription asking for prayers for this King of Cornwall. He died in 875. We returned to our cottages Cornwall via the Holy Well where we tried to encourage Tom to take a dip. Unfortunately, he would not co-operate!