One of the most picturesque villages in Cornwall
A little off the Beaten Path
I live here!!
The site that St. Nonna's (also called the Cathedral of the Moors) stands on has been a holy site since at least the 12th century, but the church that now stands there is from the 15th century period. The tower of the church is 109 feet high and the whole structure is surrounded by old graves. Open during the day, the interior of this beautiful...more
When one is in Altarnun they must visit Geoff and Mary Wright (search this website to contact them) even if it's just for a cup of tea. They may be some of the most pleasant and helpful people I've ever met, and they're a wealth of information about the area. Don't be shy. If you're interested in Altarnun, email Geoff, Mary, or Antony Wright (all...more
There are so many pretty little corners and attractive houses in this picturesque village.My sister and her husband, longtime residents of North Anerica and for the last 10 years of California, were bowled over to find that the heritage they had "stored" for 40 years was still here!more
Standing at 1378 feet, Brown Willy is the highest point in Cornwall, and offers resplendent vies of the area. It's a steep hike to the top and can be quite windy and cold, so be prepared. That said, it's well worth the hike to see the views of Bodmin Moor and the villages that border it.Brown Willy is within walking distance of Altarnun, if you're...more
That morning, as I left Truro, located further down toward the tip of Cornwall, the road conditions in town were not very good. Even as I drove along the A30 toward Altarnun, I was beset with alternate blasts of hail bouncing off the car or snow flurries! However, the further I drove east, the less severe the effects of the snow became. I did not...more
When Geoff and I were talking about the timing of my visit, he mentioned that he would also be picking up Romanian VT-member Julien that morning at about the same time. As it turned out, Geoff was returning from that pickup when he drove past me by the church! Following my precise instructions to the tiny hamlet of Treween, I soon spotted Geoff and...more
The church of St Nonna is mainly 15th Century, with a tower that soars to 105 feet. There are a few stones from the Norman church, including the fine massive font. Part of the roof retains its original timbers.But the best of all the woodwork is the splendid array of about 80 bench-ends by a 16th Century craftsman with men and women in Tudor...more
The famous Jamaica Inn is only four miles to the west of Altarnun. This Inn used to be a coaching Inn, as it was impossible to cross the perilous Bodmin Moor during the hours of darkness.The Inn was immortalized by the author Daphne Du Maurier, in her book of the same name. Wheter or not the Inn was a base for smugglers is still a matter for...more
'Dot', from New Zealand, makes all her own food dishes. whatever you select you'll be delighted with your choice, and the prices are very reasonable too. The Rising Sun is a real 'local', and has that 'welcoming' atmosphere lacking in so many modern pubs.
Favorite Dish: Later
A nice country pub with a good selection of ales and mouthwatering food.
There is a carpark and garden but watch out for the horses "parked" there in the car park.
Dress Code: Almost anything.
You really need a car to see around my village. But there is a local bus service, from and to Launceston, the nearest large town. Tilley's Coaches run a service, departing from the village (by the Church) at 09.50 a.m., arriving in Launceston at 10.30 am. The first return bus departs at 12.10 pm, getting back in the village at 12.45 pm. In a car,...more
The village shop 'The Stores', opens six mornings a week. and is closed in the afternoons, and on Sundays. It is a General Grocery store, selling bread, milk, vegetables, fruit etc.
What to buy: Nothing in particular, but anything in general
What to pay: Above the average Supermarket prices, but much closer to shop!
Somewhere off the beaten path on Bodmin Moor, very close to Rough Tor, there is an amazing Bronze Age stone settlement called Leskernick. In this un-signposted moor, on the top and side of a hill, you will find the remains of many homes and walls, with entrances still discernible. Here, where the wild ponies roam, a photographer or amateur...more
Many thanks to Mary and Geoff for their hospitality! I really appreciated the hot cup of tea and a tasty biscuit or two after my escape from the blizzards of Truro! Although Mary was being plagued by a spell of back trouble, she was able to join us outside as I was preparing to continue onward. Here, Mary joins the crew beside the homestead in...more
If you need a public loo whilst on a short visit to Altarnun you are in luck!From the Church cross over the old bridge, then cross the road - where you will see on the other side and down a couple of steps the Village Public Loos. One for Ladies, one for Gents.A typical old fashioned building of its kind, don't be put off by a cobweb or two - this...more
I suppose one of the main things that holds a village together is its shop. Our village shop is in decline, and the Post Office service is now under investigation (??).The Post Office (in this picture) closed some time ago, and has just re-opened in the Village Hall, under 'New Management'! Altarnun is the second largest Parish in Cornwall.more