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An Insider’s Guide to Cornwall: Bodmin

Bodmin - Lake - Cornish Motorhome Hire

Discover the Beauty, the Wilderness & the Moor

Bodmin is the ideal place to start if you are planning on a voyage of discovery when hiring a motorhome from Cornish Motorhome Hire, and want to explore historical sites and areas of natural beauty.  You are also only a 20 minute drive from some of most stunning beaches in Cornwall.

This cornish moorland area has more to offer than you might think.  You will find nature a-plenty and a whole host of landmarks to visit.  It is all too easy to bypass this area when shooting down the A30, towards the more commercialised seaside resorts.  However, if you take the time to veer off the main dual carriageway, you will be surprised at the number of lakes, waterfalls, woods and hidden gems that Bodmin and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Prehistoric, Medieval & Wild

When taking a road trip using one of our motorhomes in Cornwall, visiting Bodmin Moor will uncover many wild areas, originally farmed over 4000 years ago by Bronze Aged settlers.  From lakes and waterfalls, to ruins and caverns, ancient woodland areas, stone circles, a haunted pub/restaurant and a haunted jail, those searching for a holiday in more peaceful areas will certainly find themselves fully immersed in nature, wildlife and untouched areas of historical interest.

Ancient Sites

Bodmin is full of legendary tales, including that of King Arthur.  King Arthur’s Hall is a large area encompassing 56 standing stones.  It is said to have originally been a Bronze Age ceremonial site or a neolithic mortuary, and started out with 140 stones which have gradually fallen over the years on the steep slope.  Documentary evidence suggests that King Arthur visited the site frequently, during his reign.  Grid Ref: 50,5686, -4.6425

At Minions, you will find Hurlers Stone Circle.  Grid Ref: 50.5166, -4.4583.  This famous circle is popular with tourists, and has amazing views.  There are many other places of interest close by, such as Cheesewring, Phoenix United Mine ruins dating back to 1907 and the mathematician, Daniel Gumb’s cave which he lived in until 1776.

Lakes & Waterfalls

Not far from Bodmin , discover the beauty that is Golitha Falls, where the River Fowey rushes through, forming waterfalls on the natural boulders, culminating in a hidden pool with clear water – ideal to plunge into on a warm day.  There are several walks, ranging from terrain to suit all abilities, through to more difficult to navigate rocky and hilly routes.  Grid ref: 50.4904, -4.5054

For those with an adventurous side, not far from Golitha, you will find Sibleyback Lake, where you can camp for the night (or longer).  A beautiful, serene lake which is 3 miles long, can be walked around quite leisurely in about 1hr 20 mins.  If taking paddleboards, kayaks, canoes or fancy a spot of fishing, you can book in and launch from the slipway.  Equipment is available to hire on site if you wish.  The lake is open all year-around, but the watersports/camping is May – September.  There is parking, a café, toilets and a playpark for children.  Grid ref: 50.5137, -4.4942

Haunted Buildings

Probably the most famous haunted building on Bodmin Moor is the Jamaica Inn.  This former wreckers and smugglers hostelry has a museum dedicated to Daphne Du Maurier (who wrote the popular novel,) and a smuggling museum.  Here you can park up your motorhome, explore the area and treat yourself to some home-cooked food, with a menu that also caters for meat-eaters, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free customers, before heading off to your camping spot or your next adventure.  Grid Ref: 50.5623, -4.5668  From here, you can also do the 2.5 mile trip to climb Brown Willey, the highest point in Cornwall.

Bodmin Jail hosts guided tours and was built in 1779 for King George III.  This building saw many prisoners over the years, and houses a Victorian execution pit.  The last execution on this site took place in 1909.  The tour takes approximately 2hrs.  Also on offer, are paranormal and after-dark tours for the brave!  Grid ref: 50.4751, -4.7282

Camping Overnight

If you are looking for campsites around Bodmin, check out the following:-

Also ideal location for Lanhydrock House & Gardens, the Lost Gardens of Heligan or the Eden Project.

Small wild campsite on an organic farm.  Buy produce for your barbecue.

Water tap and compost toilet.  Buzzards and woodland area.

More campsites can be found online.  It is advisable to book ahead during busy periods.

Contact Us

We currently have 3 motorhomes for hire at Cornish Motorhome Hire.  Based in Liskeard, we are ideally positioned for you to drop off your car and collect a motorhome to explore Bodmin, and further afield.  Whether you choose, Beachcomber, Starchaser or Sundancer, you will have the best experience.  All vehicles are well-appointed and equipped with everything you need for a road-trip.  Choose a motorhome, enter your dates into the availability checker and book online.  Alternatively, you can call David on 07986 073469 if you have any queries.