Condolden Hill Prince of Wales Engine House Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor Golitha Falls, Bodmin Moor Trethevy Quoit, Bodmin Moor Launceston Castle Delabole Quarry

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Condolden Barrow

Condolden Hill, above Tintagel, is the highest place in North Cornwall at 1010' outside of Bodmin Moor. There is a wonderful sense of space here and on a clear day the view encompasses Lundy Island, the coast up to Hartland Point, Exmoor, Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, the St Austell Clay Pits and the coast down to St Ives. On the summit, beneath the Trig Point lies a large bronze age barrow (or according to some, the last resting place of 6th Century King of Cornwall and Arthurian knight, Cador). The hill is easily accessible from the road to Condolden Farm or by footpath from Trewarmett.

Prince of Wales Engine House

Cornwall has a long and important mining history but the well known picturesque abandoned engine houses are further south at St Agnes, Bosigran, Cape Cornwall and Botallack. However, a lesser known but equally fine example lies on your doorstep near Trewarmett above Trebarwith Strand. Heading from Tintagel towards Delabole, there is a turning on the left just up the hill with a large board stating 'Prince of Wales Quarry' after the Trebarwith Strand turning on the right. It is safe to enter and there are great views down towards Trebarwith Strand.

Bodmin Moor

Half an hour inland lies Bodmin Moor. As you drive onto the moor near Davidstow, where there is an RAF museum near to the cheese factory, you will feel you have entered a different Cornwall altogether. This enormous flat area, once a second world war airfield, and later a racing circuit, is desolate and barren and now only populated by sheep and moorland ponies. The scenery is lovely around Crowdy Reservoir. From here Rough Tor is a fairly easy walk for fantastic views; Brown Willy, the highest point, takes a little longer and is best avoided in bad weather. Further inland, across the A30, lies the smuggling museum at Jamaica Inn, and the lovely woodland walk to Golitha Falls, where a young River Fowey begins its descent to the south of the moor. Well worth the extra drive, a little further south lies the attractive rock formation of the Cheesewring, its superb collection of nearby stone circles, an engine house and a dolmen. You may even spot the notorious Beast of Bodmin if you are lucky.

Launceston

Capital of Cornwall until 1838, Launceston, boasts a splendid hilltop castle. Castle Street was described by the Poet Laureate John Betjeman as "having the most perfect collection of 18th century townhouses in Cornwall". As you will likely pass through it on your way to and from Tintagel from the A30, it is well worth a short stop.

Delabole Quarry

Delabole slate is reknowned as amongst the finest in the world and has been quarried here for over 1000 years. The result of this activity is one of the biggest holes in the ground that you are every likely to see (until relatively recently the biggest in the world). Short guided visits are possible on summer weekdays at 2 PM but you can pull up at any time and look down into the quarry from the viewing platform.

Guinevere, Tintagel

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