Big skies, boom and bust
- Cost: No entry fees required for attractions
Walk on open access land along the old Liskeard & Caradon Railway (built to transport copper-ore southwards to the port of Looe), with its mostly level surface, stunning views and striking reminders of its industrial past
In the afternoon, explore the well-preserved cobbled floors of South Caradon Mine at the bottom of the Seaton Valley, where hundreds of women and children used to dress copper ore. The towering bleached white waste dumps either side are a striking testament to the scale of operations beneath this moorland landscape.
Travelling to Caradon
By car, turn off the A38 at Liskeard and follow the St Cleer road up onto the moors. From the A30, turn off at South Petherwin.
Bus route 574 connects Liskeard to St Cleer and Minions. Minibuses can be booked at the Tourist Office in Liskeard. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest info.
Keep to the Bodmin Moor Code of Conduct for visitors, which is displayed in the car parks
Please keep dogs on a lead where sheep, cattle or ponies are grazing, and at all times between 1 March & 31 July
There is ample parking in Minions, by the Minions Heritage Centre. There is a car park south of Minions, near the Hurlers
There are public toilets in Minions
Eating & drinking
The Inn on the Hill at Pensilva is a great spot for a lovely meal with stunning views. The Hurlers’ Halt and the Post Office serve good cream teas in an atmospheric setting, and the Manor House Country Inn and Restaurant at Rilla Mill is a quality modern eatery in a restored country inn
The Cheesewring is a famous stack of giant, flat boulders balanced in a striking setting high up on the moors. Close by, The Hurlers is a line of three giant stone circles, said to be Cornish men turned to stone by St Cleer for playing a game of hurling on a Sunday when they should have been at church. For a local picnic provider, try www.prettyperfectpicnics.co.uk or http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/