Villages on Bodmin Moor

When exploring Bodmin Moor, visit some of the villages which are full of character and have great community spirit. Many of the villages have good watering holes and there are opportunities for walking on the open moor.

One good way to explore Bodmin Moor is by going on a Treasure Trail. Treasure Trails including the Bodmin Moor trail are available to buy from the Visitor Information Centre either in advance of your trip via mail order service or from our shop when you arrive. The Bodmin Moor trail is priced at £6.99 and takes around 4 hours to complete.

Town and Village Guide to Bodmin Moor


Blisland is a lovely little village just to the north of Bodmin. It has the only village green in Cornwall which is edged by rugged moorland cottages, an excellent post office with internet cafe and craft shop and the award-winning Blisland Inn with its cosy bar and real ales. There is also its pretty Norman Church which the poet John Betjeman cited as being his favourite; dazzling and amazing.

St Breward

Slightly north of Blisland, St Breward is situated high up On Bodmin Moor and is famous for its granite quarry Delank which amongst other things was the source of the granite for the amazing sculpture known as the Seed at the Eden Project. There is also a lovely pub with a varied menu for home cooked food, a post office and a church. Step just outside of the village for stunning views across the landscape as well as horse riding opportunities at the local riding school.


A small town with some individual shops.  But also visible from the towns outskirts and of particular interest is Rough Tor, Cornwall’s second highest point which offers excellent rambling opportunities. Also of note at Rough Tor is the monument to Charlotte Dymond whose murdered body was found near Rough Tor Ford. Charlotte was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend Matthew Weeks who was later tried at the county assize courts in the August of 1844. Today you can take part in a recreation of Matthew’s trial and act as a member of the jury at the Courtroom Experience in Bodmin.


A very picturesque village dominated by the Cathedral of the Moors and an ancient packhorse bridge. Also nearby is Wesley’s Cottage where the methodist preacher, John Wesley, frequented.


A former copper mining villiage, it is rich in both archaeological and ancient remains of where man worked the land such as workings from the granite quarry and the Hurlers Stone Circle and Cheesewring. There is also an interesting visitor centre in the village depicting its history as well as a village store, pub and tea rooms. Click here to find out more about Minions.

St Clether

A small village beside the River Inney with the parish church standing some distance away. A little way on from the church following the river stands what is considered Cornwall’s most beautifully situated Holy Well. There are over two hundred Holy Wells in Cornwall, however few can compare with the beauty and tranquillity of the well & chapel at St Clether.

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