We decided to stay a little closer to base today so had a lazy morning but ventured out to Minions, Golitha Falls, Jamaica Inn and Launceston this afternoon. This blog post also includes links to the Runkeeper logs and maps that show the paths we took for two of the day's activities.
The brilliantly named Minions lays claim to being the highest village in Cornwall and is perched up on the hilltop opposite the west side of our holiday cottage.
We could see some kind of ruin on the landscape but couldn't quite work out what or where it was. As we took a walk around the moor, we discovered that it's an old tin and copper mine in amongst some stone circles and monuments.
We first headed towards the Minions Heritage Centre, an unmanned museum on the moors in a former engine room. Although small, it's packed with details on the mining activity that went on there and an insight in to what the stone features around it may be related to.
After having a wander around the circles and over to the former mines across the road we left Minions for our next stop, Golitha Falls. Runkeeper log and map.
Golitha Falls weren't as impressive as Becky Falls, but the walk along the river was much easier as, for the most part, it's been designed to be wheelchair friendly.
The river Fowey runs through ancient woodlands and the trail through them runs for approximately 1 km from the village of Redgate.
To be honest, we were't exactly sure what we were looking for whilst walking. When we got to a point along the walk that the path appeared to run out we stopped and turned back. We still don't really know if we saw the whole falls, or just a part of them, but we still had a nice 45 minutes or so having a walk along the river. Runkeeper log and map.
Jamaica Inn was built in 1750 as a coach house and is famous for being a base for smugglers and is allegedly one of the most haunted places in Britain. Its biggest claim to fame, I'd expect, is being the setting for Daphne du Maurier's novel of the same name (warning: link contains spoilers!) based on murdering smugglers and looters.
For the average tourist, it's a pub. A pub with a gift shop and smuggling museum tacked on the side. If you're a fan of the novel or really want to find out more about the smuggling activities that went on then you'll probably get a lot more out of the visit.
Sure, they've been given a publicity opportunity on a plate so they're milking it for all it's worth, but even still it's a pub and gift shop. I'd love to say the museum was worth a visit, but we didn't feel that compelled to make a visit to it.
We were impressed by the number of independent shops in the town yet despite it being half term, the castle (our main reason for visiting) was closed. Perhaps we should have checked it out properly before hand. We were also a little disappointed that the town seemed pretty deserted.
We found a nice little coffee shop, though, and stopped for a cuppa and a scone before deciding to return home.
Overall, we're really glad we stayed closer to Bodmin as we were able to visit more places and do a lot more than if we'd travelled further afield.
This evening we're thinking about having a burger night down at the Manor House, along with a few drinks before coming back for another board game. Tomorrow, we've got tickets booked on the Looe Valley line train from Liskeard to Looe so we'll be spending a little time down there.