Introducing Bodmin Moor
Cornwall’s ‘roof’ is a high heath pockmarked with bogs and granite hills, including Rough Tor (pronounced row-tor, 400m) and Brown Willy (419m), Cornwall’s highest point. It’s a desolate place that works on the imagination; the Beast of Bodmin, a large black catlike creature, has been seen regularly for many years, although no-one’s ever managed to snap a decent picture.
Bodmin tourist office (
The A30 cuts across the centre of the moor from Launceston, which has a ruined 11th-century castle (EH;
Jamaica Inn (
About a mile south is Dozmary Pool, said to have been where Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, was thrown after his death. It’s a 4-mile walk northwest of Jamaica Inn to Brown Willy.
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway (