Bodmin Moor comes as a surprise to people who think only of beaches when they think of Cornwall. It is one of the wildest and most rugged parts of Britain, dotted with spectacular granite tors and evidence of human habitation stretching across centuries, from stone circles to disused mine chimneys. Less than half an hour away from the barn the Bronze Age stone circles called The Hurlers stand near the extraordinary Cheese Ring rocky outcrop.
Not far away is the neolithic Trethevy Quoit – one of the Britain’s best preserved megalithic tombs. In 1837 excavation of Rillaton Barrow revealed a gold cup dating to around 1,700 BC, now in the British Museum. Bodmin Moor is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site because of its many old mine workings.
Cornwall’s two highest points – Brown Willy and Rough Tor are also on the moor, clearly visible for miles around, as are Caradon and Kit Hill – all within an easy drive. Good walks can also be found from the village and there are guides in the barn.