To many the association with Bodmin Moor will be the Jamaica Inn, with stories of smuggling, pirates and a vision of a dark mysterious barren landscape. An image created over a couple of centuries thanks to writers and artists.
The moor is a magical place, a place of changing colours and atmosphere that draws visitors back time and again. It is a high plateau between 250 and 420 metres with striking granite rock formations known as tors that appears untouched by the human hand.
Over 6000 years of habitation however can be found on the moor from prehistoric settlements, and more visibly the Cornish mines up to the late 19th century. The village of Minions originated following the mining revolution in the early 1800s and is now part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. Look out for the remains of the engine houses that today appear dramatic and somewhat forbidding across the moor.
A haven for wildlife and birdlife it is a nature lovers paradise. with the broad wings of the buzzard seen frequently soaring high above the moor. Also look out for the Exmoor Ponies and rumour has it the Beast of Bodmin, or is that just myth!