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Bodmin Moor

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part of Cornwall AONB

Bodmin Moor is a small but beautiful moorland, the largest of Cornwall's granite uplands, rich in history, archaeology and important conservation sites.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Hawk's Tor on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall AONBThis is such an important area that Bodmin Moor has been given national and international recognition and conservation designations, which include:

Farming and communities

Twelve Men's Moor, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall AONBThe upland farmers put out sheep, cattle and ponies to graze the moorland hills for much of the year. In winter much of the stock is brought down to lower pasture or housed in barns.

Around the fringe of the moor are farms, hamlets, villages with historic churches and pleasant pubs. The older buildings are characteristically built in local stone, often with granite quoins in the walls and granite lintels over doors and windows, with roofs of local slate from north Cornwall slate quarries.

 

 


Quarrying and mininggranite on Bodmin Moor

Granite from the moor has been used in buildings for centuries. Now just a few granite quarries are in operation but all over the moor is weathered evidence of the importance of granite.


Not only can you find the granite splitting pits and quarry works, but also partly 'dressed' granites that have been worked on by a stone mason then discarded, as seen in this photograph of an unfinished mill stone.
Tin stream works are found across Bodmin Moor, where valley bottoms were dug for extracting tin gravels.

 

 

 

mining on Caradon Hill, Bodmin Moor

 

In the 19th century the tin and copper mining became a powerful industry, and along with the granite and china clay quarrying. The many now abandoned mining sites made a huge impact on the communities and environment.

Click here for a location map of Bodmin Moor mining sites.

 

 

Prehistory

Bodmin Moor has many prehistoric sites where there are the remains of Neolithic cairns, stone circles and stone rows from more than 6000 years Ninestones stone circle, Bodmin Moorago. 
We can walk through the fields systems and enclosures of Bronze Age settlements with remains of the clusters of roundhouses; many of these settlements are relatively undisturbed. The evidence of Iron Age enclosures can be clearly seen at the moorland sites such as the impressive ramparts on Stowe's Hill. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rushyford farmstead East MoorThe medieval manors and farmsteads created a pattern of enclosures and settlements that are still part of our landscape today. Farms on remote hills have become abandoned over the centuries and the remains of the farmhouses and barns can be found across the moor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)Cornwall AONB Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor is part of Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2009. The Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas.
More about Cornwall AONB - Bodmin Moor

 

When you visit

Bodmin Moor, East Moor, CornwallThe moor itself is a relatively small upland area which is mainly peaceful and unspoilt.

The open hills give wonderful views, but walkers venturing beyond the well-trodden paths (human and animal) must be well-prepared to navigate and avoid dangers in this wild countryside and rrespect the tranquility of the moor.

See further information on our walking pages.


When you visit please support our local businesses and respect this special place.
We hope you will enjoy walking here... and leave only footprints, take only memories.


 

Links

 
Countryside Access and Code www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk
Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty AONB website
Bodmin Moor Leaflet : 400 million years in the making! Bodmin Moor Leaflet in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish
Cornwall Archaeological Heritage Access to Monuments

 

 

 

 

 

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