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Altarnun
Sheltering in a wooded cleft just below the windswept heights of Bodmin Moor, Altarnun is a lovely village with a fine 15th Century church. Sometimes known as the Cathedral of the Moors, the church has one of the tallest towers in Cornwall. The old bridge below the church, with a roadway just seven feet wide, is probably fifteenth-century; beside it is a much older ford across the lesser Inney. The great Cornish historian Charles Henderson believed that ‘no prettier picture can be found in Cornwall than Altarnun Bridge.’ Look out for the early Wesleyan meeting house with a relief portrait of John Wesley carved over the doorway by the gifted local sculptor Neville Northey Burnard who was born in the adjoining house.

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Blisland
A village green in Cornwall is rare indeed, and at Blisland, high on the western edge of Bodmin Moor, is the finest of the few that exist. Dotted with tall trees and fringed with granite cottages, it gives the place a spacious and timeless air. Below its southern slope is the church of St Protus and St. Hyacinth, a favourite of John Betjeman. It was, he wrote in 1948, ‘the first really beautiful work of man which my boyhood vividly remembers... it looks over the tree tops of a deep and elmy valley and away to the west where, like a silver shield, the Atlantic shines...’ A mile to the north, near the hamlet of Pendrift, stands Jubilee Rock. Having dined at Pendrift in October of 1810, a certain Lieutenant John Rogers and his recruiting party of the 65th Regiment carved Britannia and the royal and other arms, including those of the Rogers family of Blisland, upon this moorland rock in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of George lll.

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Bodmin (Hotels in Bodmin Click Here)
Cornwall’s old county town is strewn with grand buildings which tell of its important past. Bodmin’s history began in the sixth century when Cornwall’s chief patron saint, St Petroc, arrived here from Padstow and founded his famous priory. By the time of Domesday Book in 1086 a town had grown up around the priory, the only one in the county recorded as having a market. Nothing remains today of the priory, but the 15th Century church which probably occupies the same site is the largest in Cornwall. The Assizes have been moved to the County Court in Truro, but the splendid neo-classical court building still dominates Mount Folly at the lower end of the town. The town’s Victorian prison is now a dramatic semi-ruin, although parts of it are open to the public. High on Bodmin Beacon, dominating the scene for miles around, is the 144ft Gilbert monument, erected as a tribute to a famous son of Bodmin, Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert, who was a general in the British Army in India.

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Cabilla Manor - Bodmin - 01208 821224
High Cross Farm - Bodmin - 01208 831341
Hotel Casi Casa - Bodmin - 01208 77592
Mount Pleasant Farmhouse - Bodmin - 01208 821342
Rosehill Cottage - Bodmin - 01208 831965
St. Benets Abbey - Bodmin - 01208 831352
The Cornish Arms - Bodmin - 01208 880263
Westberry Hotel - Bodmin - 01208 72772

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