The Local Area

The Local Area

St Clether is a small village on Bodmin Moor. Although it’s just eight miles from the old town of Launceston, it feels wonderfully remote and peaceful. Named for St Clederus, the village is best known for its Holy Well, dedicated to the saint.

The Inney River flows through the village on its way to the Tamar, and the river valley is extremely pretty. Bodmin Moor itself is a windswept, rugged landscape, perfect for walking.

Villages on Bodmin moor

Altarnun is a village on the moor with a fifteenth-century parish church known locally as the Cathedral of the Moors. Probably best known for being the parish of the wicked vicar Francis Davey in Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn…

Blisland is approximately five miles north of Bodmin. A mile south of Blisland is the Jubilee Rock erected to mark the Jubilee of King George 11.

Bolventor is most famous for having Jamaica Inn Coaching House as its local…

Cardinham is about four miles from Bodmin. Cardinham Woods is managed by the Forestry Commission. This lovely mixed woodland is ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Minions is a former mining village and is said to be the highest village in Cornwall. The Hurlers Stone Circle, Rillaton Barrow and the Cheesewring (see below) are close by.

Points of interest

Brown Willy is the highest point of the moor, approximately 420 metres.

The Cheesewring is a natural formation of granite slabs. It gets its curious name from its resemblance to an old cheese-making device.

The three stones in Hurlers Stone Circle were, according to legend, three men who were turned to stone as a punishment for playing “hurling” (a uniquely Cornish ball game) on a Sunday.

Rillaton Barrow is a Bronze Age round barrow, where the Rillaton Gold Cup was discovered. Believed to date from 1700 BC, it is now in the British Museum.

Rough Tor takes second place to Brown Will, as the next highest point on the moor (approximately 400 metres high).

Granite from De Lank Quarry was used for The Eddystone Lighthouse, Tower Bridge and The Royal Opera House.