Bodmin Moor or Goon Brenn (in Cornish) is 208 m2 of remote upland granite moorland dating back to the Carboniferous period and when amphibians were the dominant land vertibrates. Inhabited since the Neolithic era, remains of monuments, hut circles, cairns can still be seen along with Bronze Age stone circles. Jubilee Rock is particularly impressive along with a peculiar arrangement of stones known as King Arthur’s Hall which can be found near the picturesque village of Blisland. Dramatic granite tors rise from the rolling moorland, with the highest point, Brown Willy at 417m. The wild and windswept ‘high moor’ is home to Cornwall’s highest church, located in the village of St Breward, the starting point of the Camel Trail. Below the towering tors, sweeping expanses of open moorland, marshes, bogs and rivers carve themselves deep into valleys of softer shale and provide shelter for rich, damp oak woodland. The moor has an enormous amount to offer from historic interest to trekking, climbing, inland water sports, bird watching and big cat hunting. The Beast of Bodmin Moor phenomenon has attracted interest after countless reports of black panther like sitings and adds to the myriad of myths, legends and smugglers tales of the mysterious moor. This dramatic landscape has historically engendered fear and awe but has also been an inspiration for writers, poets, sculptors and artists.
Locally, at Minions, there are 3 stone circles known as ‘The Hurlers’. Some of the stones are straight, rectangular pillars, whereas others have a more bulbous diamond shape, leading some to believe that they represent male and female respectively. The name ‘The Hurlers’ comes from a moral folk tale of people petrified for failing to observe the Lord’s Day, in this case locals playing the Celtic sport of hurling! The surrounding countryside is peppered with other ancient ceremonial remains and makes for excellent exploration.