Liskeard Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by EasyMalc

Liskeard Things to Do

  • St. Neot - Carnglaze Caverns

    Wandering around Cornwall, you can’t help but notice how extensively slate has been used as a building material, especially as traditional roof tiles. It’s all part of Cornwall’s character and although there are open quarries in the county, most notably at Delabole, Carnglaze is in fact, the only slate mine.This is no large-scale industrial mine,...

  • Minions - Daniel Gumb's Cave

    Cornwall is full of folklore, myths and fairytales, but Daniel Gumb was a real man who became a legend in his own lifetime. Born to a humble family in nearby Linkinhorne in 1703, he worked up on the moor around Stowe’s Hill as a stonecutter, and to avoid paying the unnecessary costs of living in a normal dwelling, he built himself a cave up here....

  • Minions - The Cheesewring Quarry

    I always think of quarries as a desecration of the landscape, but the fact remains that we’ve always needed stone, and in years gone by it was more important for people to have stone than to worry about what scars it left behind.For centuries the rock that was lying around on the surface of the moor was more than enough for our ancestor’s needs,...

  • Minions - The Cheesewring

    Of all the rock formations on Stowe’s Hill, The Cheesewring is the most famous.It seems to have got its name from the cider making process where the apples are crushed to squeeze out the juice and then topped with a layer of straw and repeated in layers. Each of these layers is called a cheese and has nothing to do with the dairy product, and if...

  • Minions - Stowe's Hill

    Walking away from Minions across the moor, you can’t fail to notice a hill in the distance which has a rock face on this side of it and some strange rock formations on the top. This is Stowe’s Hill. It’s a fairly straightforward walk to get there, but with a bit of negotiating to get to the top - but it’s worth the effort. The hilltop is surrounded...

  • Minions Heritage Centre

    After Health & Safety fears, the Minions Heritage Centre was closed for quite a while, but I’m pleased to say that it’s up and running again.So far, my tips around Minions have mainly been about its ancient history, but its industrial heritage is every bit as interesting and as if to prove the point, the Heritage Centre is housed in the former...

  • Minions - Rillaton Barrow

    On a recent visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro* I came across a gold cup that is a copy of the original Rillaton Gold Cup that is on display in the British Museum.Since reading more about it I was quite intrigued as to where Rillaton Barrow was located - and it’s here, on the open moorland not far from The Hurlers.The tiny village of...

  • Minions - The Hurlers

    When you arrive at Minions you know you’ve reached Bodmin Moor. It’s not the remotest part of the moor, but at just under a thousand ft. above sea level, it is the highest village.As you drive along the road from Long Tom, just past the village signpost, there’s a free car park on the left hand side giving access to the open moor. It’s known as The...

  • Minions - Long Tom

    A 10-15 minute drive from Liskeard and even less from St. Cleer is one of my favourite areas in this part of Cornwall - Minions.Those small yellow creatures that have recently appeared on the big screen claim to have been around since the beginning of time, and walking over the moor around the village, you could be forgiven that they may just have...

  • St. Cleer - King Doniert's Stone

    A mile north of St. Cleer on the road between Common Moor and Redgate is another English Heritage site managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust. The remains of two stone crosses may not be as old as Trethevy Quoit, but they are the only 9th century stone crosses still to be found in Cornwall. This might not sound over-exciting, but it has to be...

  • St. Cleer - Trethevy Quoit

    South-West England has three main areas of moorland - Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, but Bodmin Moor is the only one that isn’t a National Park.It is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) though and the south-east corner is only a 5 -10 minute drive north of Liskeard. Where the boundary actually falls is difficult to...

  • Liskeard Heritage Trail

    I said in my introduction that the town of Liskeard isn’t really a tourist destination, and I still think that’s true, but as I’ve always said, everywhere has something to offer and Liskeard is no exception.One good reason for coming here has to be the fact that if you intend visiting anywhere in the nearby locality then the Liskeard Tourist...


Liskeard Hotels

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  • Pencubitt Country House Hotel

    Lamellion Cross, Liskeard, PL14 4EB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Sportsmans Arms Hotel

    Menheniot, PL14 3PJ mine hill, Menheniot, Liskeard, PL14 3PJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Premier Inn Liskeard

    Haviland Rd, Liskeard Retail Park, Liskeard, PL14 3FG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Liskeard Warnings and Dangers

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    Walking on the moor

    by EasyMalc Written Sep 12, 2015

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    People who are not used to walking over moorland should be aware of some of the pitfalls. General things to bear in mind include the weather and the landscape, but there are also more specific things associated with the area around Minions.
    The open moorland is common ground which is great for walking and why you’ll see sheep, cattle and ponies munching away, but it’s worth remembering that the land still belongs to someone and there are still things that you’re not allowed to do such as camping without permission, lighting a barbecue or holding a rave.
    Assuming you’re just going for a walk, there’s nothing to stop you roaming at will, but the first word of warning is to go prepared for a change in the weather. There’s nothing worse than being on open moorland when the fog descends and you haven’t got a clue which way to go. On the opposite side of the coin, when the sun is beating down and you haven’t got any water with you, that can be pretty annoying too.
    Moorland can also be very boggy, and although they say that they’re not dangerous I vividly remember how I felt when disappearing up to my waist in one on Dartmoor many years ago. With experiences like that you soon learn how to read the landscape better.
    Although there are some marshy areas to look out for, the area around Minions isn’t particularly boggy, but it is covered with the remains of mine workings. Fortunately any mine shafts have been fenced off so you shouldn’t come to too much harm. Just be aware of the lode-back pits though. These are humps and hollows created by early miners. They’ve grassed over but the humps were the spoil from the pits that were dug way back in medieval times.
    It wasn’t just mining around here, but quarrying as well, and there’s plenty of granite lying around just waiting to trip you up.
    With all these hazards, you might start to wonder if it’s worth the risk, but in all honesty, there’s nothing to get concerned about - unless you meet the Beast of Bodmin of course.

    Stowe's Great Lode Mine Shaft
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