Bodmin Moor








Bodmin Moor, so often ignored, and driven past at great speed as visitors make their way south. This is unspoilt moorland at its best, the fringes of the moor offering much for the adventurous visitor to see, crystal clear streams tumbling over boulders, horses and sheep grazing on open moorland, huge granite outcrops, views as if from 'the roof of the world', historic earth works, Rough Tor and Brown Willy, isolated farms, moorland hamlets, and a sense of solitude and wonderment at the very nature of the terrain you are exploring.

We concentrate on the northern part of the moor, which is easily accessible from the "Atlantic Highway", Camelford being the ideal base from which to discover the moor.

 



         
 



















The fringes of the moor can be explored by all, providing you dress sensibly for the time of year. The weather pattern can change quickly on high moorland, you should have
stout waterproof walking boots (parts can be quite muddy and there may be streams to cross, therefore, a well fitting pair of wellington boots may prove to be a better bet than walking boots for short excursions). Have a map (OS Landranger Map 200, or, better still, the 4cms to 1km scale OS Explorer Map 109) or path guide with you and make sure somebody knows where you are going. For the inexperienced, it is inadvisable to proceed deep into moorland unless 


 
you can read a map and use a compass proficiently or have a knowledgeable guide with you.

And remember, never ask a Cornish Piskie to show you the way on the moor, for you will spend forever going round in circles!






















Rough Tor
Leave Camelford on the main road in the direction of Bude, take the very first turning right going up the hill away from Camelford and follow the signs for Rough Tor. On arrival at the car park at the foot of the Rough Tor, you will see various paths across open moorland scrub 
 

leading to a short climb to the summit at 1,312 ft. From here, you have a spectacular all round view as if
from 'the roof of the world'.

Four miles distant is Brown Willy, reaching 1375ft and the highest point in Cornwall, you should not attempt to go further into the moor to Brown Willy unless you are an experienced moor adventurer, mist may descend quickly and the ground can be very boggy. Rough Tor is under the care of the National Trust and commemorates those who lost their lives from the 43rd Wessex Division in the Second World War. On the slopes leading up to Rough Tor can be seen stone circles which are the remains of a Bronze Age settlement.

 
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Near the footbridge leading to Rough Tor is a stone monument to Charlotte Dymond, murdered on the moor in circumstances that have never fully been explained, although her crippled boyfriend Mathew Weekes was later hung for the murder at Bodmin Assizes in front of a large crowd of onlookers in 1844. The tortured ghost of Charlotte Dymond is said to have a strong presence in the vicinity of Rough Tor.


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