Bodmin replaced Launceston as the capital of Cornwall in 1835, and has a historic centre bustling with shops. It’s at the centre of a major investment designed to breathe new life into its busy centre and extend the famous Camel Trail cycling network. In the middle of the town is the old Courthouse, which offers a reconstruction of the 1844 Charlotte Dymond murder trial, enabling you to decide whether her alleged killer, Matthew Weeks, was innocent or guilty. A short distance away is Bodmin Jail, a superbly preserved grim Victorian prison open to the public, where the noose awaited Matthew. Next to Bodmin’s mainline railway station is the Bodmin and Wenford Steam

Railway, a beautiful preserved line that transports you back to the pre-Beeching era.

Padstow – Padstein after TV chef Rick Stein, whose cafe, restaurant, fish-and-chip shop and teaching empire is centred there – is as much a mecca to foodies as Newquay is to surfers. It’s famous for its May Day ‘Obby ‘Oss celebration, when two wooden horses enact their centuries-old battle as the atmospheric narrow streets fill with local people for a day of fun and celebration. Padstow lies at the extreme end of one of North Cornwall’s most loved attractions: the Camel Trail. Named for the scenic River Camel and built on the bed of a former railway, this cycle track, served by a wealth of cycle hire shops, cafes, pubs and shops in Padstow, Wadebridge

and Bodmin, offers great days out. The whole family can tackle the scenic, largely flat stretch between Padstow and Wadebridge – you’ll often see mums and dads towing a cycle trailer with baby snug inside.

Wadebridge, centred on its bridge spanning the River Camel, offers an extraordinary array of specialist shops in its atmospheric streets. Visit and you’ll walk in the footsteps of Oliver Cromwell himself – he led a force to take the strategically important bridge during the English Civil War. Nearby is the Royal Cornwall Showground, home to one of Britain’s biggest and most important agricultural events over three days in June. The town is home to its folk festival over the August Bank Holiday, when top folk stars rub shoulders with local performers and pubs and other venues in the town are alive with impromptu jam sessions.

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If hills are your thing, North Cornwall can help you – big time. Brown Willy and Roughtor are the county’s highest spots, and the views from both, to which access is open, are stunning. North Cornwall boasts some of Britain’s most unusual tourist attractions: for example, Hawker’s Hut is a simple timber structure

perched precariously on the cliffs near Morwenstow. Here, the local vicar, Robert Stephen Hawker, inventor of the modern harvest festival, used to sit in a fug of opium smoke, writing poetry and entertaining famous friends like Tennyson and Charles Kingsley. Today, it’s the National Trust’s smallest property and access is free. Another great sight of North Cornwall, but on an entirely different scale, is what was once claimed to be the ‘biggest hole in Britain’ - the startling slate quarries at Delabole, still worked, from which the roofs of Britain drew their covering. Among the most famous sites in North Cornwall is Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur in myth, but in reality an awesome medieval fortress constructed on the ruins of a Dark Age monastery in one of the most stunning locations you could ever imagine. Today, English Heritage preserves the castle and celebrates the Arthurian legends that surround it. The village itself, complete with Britain’s oldest Post Office, offers great shopping and refreshments. Nearby is one of Cornwall’s most dramatic beaches, Trebarwith Strand.

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