Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a remote, bleak heather covered upland granite moorland still grazed by moorland ponies and bisected by the main A30 road.
North of the A30 lie Cornwall’s two highest peaks, Rough Torand the slightly taller Brown Willy, which reaches a height of 420 metres (1,377 ft) above sea level. More than a hundred Bronze Age hut circles have been excavated on the slopes of Rough Tor, along with a Neolithic Tor Enclosure and the foundations of a Medieval chapel. The wild and windswept ‘high moor’ is also home to Cornwall’s highest church, located in the village of St Breward, starting point of the Camel Trail.
Manor Common, near the attractive village of Blisland, was first recorded in the Domesday Book and the area is home to a couple of Cornwall’s more interesting stone circles, the Trippet Stones and the Stripple Stones Henge, as well as the ten foot high Jubilee Rock and a peculiar arrangement of stones known as King Arthur’s Hall.
Bodmin Moor was densely populated during the Bronze Age and numerous fascinating archaelogical remains have been uncovered, including impressive Bronze Age cairns on the slopes of Brown Gelly, the remains of more than fifty Neolithic hut circles on Leskernick Hill, and the impressive Trethevy Quoit, near the village of Minions. Minions is close to numerous other places of interest including Rillaton Barrow, the famous Hurlers stone circles, Daniel Gumb’s Cave, and The Cheesewring, a striking wind eroded formation of circular granite rocks balanced on top of each other said to be the result of an epic struggle between the giants and the saints.
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