Bisected by the A30, Bodmin Moor is upland granite moorland in Cornwall. Grazing moorland ponies, a covering of heather and the moor’s remote, windswept bleakness combine with remnants of its long history to make this designated area of outstanding natural beauty one of Cornwall’s finest.
Bodmin Moor water sports
Home to Rough Tor and Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest peaks, the moor also features one of the best inland water sports locations in Cornwall, Siblyback Lake, complete with informal campsite, equipment hire and water sports tuition. Highly popular, this spot is often packed with visitors, so keeping an eye on vehicles will prevent being hit by cars.
The real treasures of Bodmin Moor
For those willing to walk away from civilisation, however, the moor has so much more to offer. The wide open spaces, far from the hustle and bustle of daily life, are perfect for hiking, bird watching and exploring the moor’s ancient past, including Neolithic Age and Bronze Age remains; Medieval clapper bridges and Siblyback Lake’s creepy little sister, known as Dozmary Pool and believed to hide Excalibur, King Arthur’s sword; remains of the moor’s 19th Century mining industry and more.
The vastness of the moor makes it easy to get lost, so hikers should pack a map and compass. Sunshine can quickly turn to dark, brooding skies and heavy rain, so wise hikers will wear sturdy, waterproof footwear and carry:
- Warm and water-proof clothing.
- A torch (and spare batteries).
- Plenty of water.
- High protein snacks.
A tent or something that can be used to provide shelter and warmth for the night may also come in handy.
Personal injuries on the moor
While the ghost stories, legends and stories of the ‘Beast of Bodmin Moor’, a large black, panther-like cat allegedly roaming the moor, tend to be wildly exaggerated, hikers should take care to avoid wandering onto the A30 in the dark and being injured by road traffic accident.
Taking refuge from rain at the Jamaica Inn, Bolventor, or in the visitors’ centre of Minion’s Phoenix United mine, it is best to look out for trip hazards, and wet floors may well be the cause of injuries by slipping.
Injuries by accidents that were not your fault may entitle you to claim public liability compensation. You can get information on how to make no win no fee* claims from Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown