WHO ARE YOU?
I’m Sarah Wakely, editor of Practical Motorhome – I’ve worked on this magazine for almost 15 years now.
WHERE ARE YOU A LOCAL AUTHORITY ON?
Bodmin Moor, in eastern Cornwall.
WHY ARE YOU A LOCAL AUTHORITY ON THIS PLACE?
I have family living close to Bodmin Moor, and I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years, visiting the many attractions. It’s a beautiful place and one that I love visiting, no matter what the time of year, although it’s at its most stunning during summer.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT?
Bodmin Moor itself is perfect for walks – and especially for dog-walking if you own a pooch.
There’s also a fascinating history of tin-mining in the area, and fragments of the industry’s past can often be spotted as you walk across the moor. A great place to access walking routes is www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk.
A more natural attraction is the Cheesewring granite tor that sits atop Stowe’s Hill, close to the village of Minions. Despite its rather strange appearance, it’s a wholly geographical feature – although local legend claims its formation was due to a competition between a man and a giant. We’ll leave you to make up your own mind!
Elsewhere, I love Bodmin Jail – this former prison is a very popular tourist attraction and well worth a visit. It’s particularly worth seeing if you’re interested in the paranormal – it’s said to be one of Britain’s most haunted buildings.
WHICH LOCAL CAMPSITE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND, AND WHY?
There are surprisingly few campsites close to Bodmin Moor, but there are still some great places to stay in the surrounding area.
Trenant Camping and Caravanning (01579 320 896) is a small, quiet site that’s ideal for those who want to get away from it all; it’s located to the south of Bodmin Moor. Alternatively, Pine Green Valley Caravan and Glamping Park – easily accessed from the A38 – is also handy for exploring the many local attractions you’ll find here.
Fursdon Farm, meanwhile, is another small campsite that’s ideal if you’re looking for a quiet getaway.
WHAT FOOD AND DRINK IS IT WELL KNOWN FOR?
Just west of Bodmin Moor you’ll find Camel Valley Wines, a family-owned and run vineyard producing award-winning wines sold across the UK.
You can buy online, but why not nominate a designated driver and pay a visit? Tastings and tours are available.
TELL US SOMEWHERE GREAT TO EAT!
The Springer Spaniel pub in Treburkey is atmospheric and the food is good, with daily menus offering beef brisket, pork belly, pasta, grills and more.
WHERE SHOULD YOU AVOID WHILE VISITING THE AREA?
This isn’t a where as much as a when – if you’re able to, it’s best to avoid the school holidays, when everyone else seems to get the same brilliant idea to head south-west and enjoy the beautiful Cornish countryside.
The A30 – which runs across Bodmin Moor – has been vastly improved in recent years, but can still become rather a bottleneck at times.
WHERE CAN YOU GET SPARE KIT?
Atlantic Caravans is handily located on the A38 in Doublebois, between Liskeard and Bodmin. It sells a good range of camping equipment and accessories.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE CHEAPEST PETROL/DIESEL?
Both Morrison’s (PL11 2AG) and Asda (PL31 2AR) in Bodmin tend to offer well-priced fuel.
SHARE A HIGHLIGHT ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW…
If you’re visiting the Cheesewring, check out Daniel Gumb’s cave, which is located on the south-facing slope of Stowe’s Hill.
Gumb was an 18th-century eccentric who tunnelled into the hill, and raised at least nine children in the residence!
He was intrigued by geometry and some of his fascinating carvings can still be seen in the roof.
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