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Colliford Lake, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

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Bodmin Moor is an unspoilt windswept ancient landscape punctuated with craggy tors, small villages, woodlands and fast flowing streams. A fascinating history from Neolithic and Bronze Age times to the present day make it an exciting place to explore whether on foot, on horseback or by car.

The world famous Eden Project is only half an hour away. The Maritime Museum at Falmouth, The Tate St. Ives, St. Michael’s Mount at Marazion and even Lands End and the picturesque West Penwith Peninsula are all easily reached during a fascinating day out. And don't forget all the charming Cornish fishing villages. Polperro, Padstow and Port Isaac, Mevagissey and Mousehole, Looe and many more.

There are many activities available locally, including:

Fishing: Brown Trout Bank fishing at Colliford Lake and nearby Siblyback Lake.

Daily licences available.

Horse Riding: For beginners & advanced.

Cycling: The famous Camel Trail for both cyclists and walkers provides 18 miles of traffic-free track from Padstow all the way to near Blisland on Bodmin Moor.

Walking: Cornwall's coastline ranks amongst the best in the world. Try the softer southern coast or watch the Atlantic waves surging against the granite cliffs of the north coast. Experience the rugged beauty of the Moor and really get away from it all. There are a wide variety of circular walks based on Bodmin Moor, and we can provide facilities to store bikes and walking boots and jackets.

Cycling on the Camel Trail

The homes and gardens of Cornwall are renowned for their beauty, particularly in springtime. There are many National Trust properties closeby. Lanhydrock is only fifteen minutes away. Cotehele near Plymouth and Trerice near Newquay are both real jewels well worth visiting. The gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah overlook the Helford Estuary and Trelissick has beautiful  views of the Carrick Roads.

Lanhydrock House and Gardens

Bodmin itself is a town of great historical importance with interesting buildings and places for the visitor to explore. These include the 15th century Parish Church dedicated to St Petroc, the great Celtic Saint, which is the largest in Cornwall. The Shire Hall was built in 1837 to house the County Assize Courts and Bodmin Gaol, built in 1778, was once the County Prison, notorious for its cramped conditions and public hangings, the last of which took place in 1909. The town has two important museums, the Bodmin Town Museum situated on The Folly and The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Military Museum, which records the events from the capture of Gibraltar in 1704 to World War II, based on the history of the DCLI.

The Bodmin and Wenford Railway is Cornwall’s only standard gauge section of track still used by 50s style steam locomotives and offers a variety of trips and special events throughout the year. Just outside Bodmin is the Camel Valley Vineyard, which has been producing award-winning wine for 15 years. You can take a tour and enjoy the views of the vines, which sweep down the valley towards the river Camel and the Camel Trail.

Leisure Activities

Entrance to Polperro Harbour St Michaels Mount

The closest village is St. Neot, 3 miles away, which boasts a pub and the famous Parish Church of St. Neot. The present church was built in about 1425 and is famous for its spectacular mediaeval stained glass windows, which date from the early 16th century. Although much restored, twelve of the windows contain the original glass.

Nearby are Carnglaze Caverns, three underground slate caverns set in 6½ acres of wooded hillside in the Loveny valley, with a beautiful subterranean lake of crystal clear blue/green water. The first of the three caverns is The Rum Store, where the Navy kept its rum supply during the second World War, and which is now used for a wide variety of concerts and musical events.

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