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Bodmin Moor, Bodmin

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Bodmin Moor is a granite moorland in northeastern Cornwall, England. It is 208km2 in size, and dates from the Carboniferous period of geological history. It includes Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall, and Rough Tor, a slightly lower peak. Many of Cornwall's rivers have their sources here. It has been inhabited since at least the Neolithic era, when primitive farmers started clearing trees and farming the land. They left their megalithic monuments, hut circles and cairns, and the Bronze Age culture that followed left further cairns, and more stone circles and stone rows. By medieval and modern times, nearly all the forest was gone and livestock rearing predominated.
The name Bodmin Moor is relatively recent, an Ordnance Survey invention of 1813. The upland area was formerly known as Fowey Moor after the River Fowey, which rises within it.
Bodmin Moor is one of five granite plutons in Cornwall that make up part of the Cornubian batholith (see also Geology of Cornwall).
Dramatic granite tors rise from the rolling moorland: the best known are Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall at 417m, and Rough Tor at 400m. To the south-east Kilmar Tor and Caradon Hill are the most prominent hills. Considerable areas of the moor are poorly drained and form marshes (in hot summers these can dry out). The rest of the moor is mostly rough pasture or overgrown with heather and other low vegetation.
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  • Bodmin moor is well worth a drive round on the winding country lanes, the rugged natural beauty is well worth a visit. If the weather is good then a walk on the Moor is a must!  more »
  • Catching up with some reviews from a weeks holiday to North Cornwall in October2020. We stayed in a holiday cottage in Altarnun which is just on the very edge of Bodmin Moor. Throughout our week we...  more »
  • Its a beautiful place with lots of wildlife (wild sheep, cows and horses) and has a very nice relaxing vibe to it. Would definitely reccomend going for a walk here.
  • Nature at its finest
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