In the 6th Century, Saint Petroc established a monastery in Bodmin, and the town grew around this monastery. The name comes from the Cornish word ‘Bosvena’, which gets a mention in the Doomsday Book. It is an attractive place, full of interesting historic buildings.
Visitors can take a ride on The Bodmin & Wenford Railway. This is Cornwall’s only regular gauge railway still driven by steam locomotives. The rail journey takes in some lovely scenery over the course of its 6.5-mile length from the restored Great Western Railway station at Bodmin General. You can also view locomotives undergoing restoration at the Engine Shed.
The town is situated between two of Cornwall’s most attractive historic houses. To the south of town is Lanhydrock House, a National Trust property that was the home of the Robarte family for 600 years. The house is set in wonderful gardens and parkland stretching along the River Fowey. To the north is Pencarrow House, an elegant Georgian mansion ringed by 50 acres of woodland walks and formal gardens.
To the east stretches the Bodmin Moor Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; superb, rugged countryside that is justly popular with walkers. Bodmin Moor is the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s novel “Jamaica Inn”, but long before the novelist discovered it the moor was home to Bronze Age settlers, who left evidence of their hut circles in several places. Lonely Dozemary Pool is the legendary last resting place of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur.
Cycling and Walking
The Camel Trail is an absolute jewel in the crown for walkers and cyclists. The trail starts a Padstow and then follows the River Camel to Wadebridge and then to Bodmin, passed the Bodmin Jail. This trail has legendary status and is absolutely beautiful in the summer riding through stunning landscapes. There are many bike hire shops at Padstow and Wadebridge.
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