Area & Attractions near to Mennabroom
Mennabroom is centrally located for exploring Cornwall and Devon. There are lots of interesting places to go and see. Situated close to the A30 (3 miles) and the A38 (4 miles) there is nowhere in Cornwall that you can't visit in a day, along with the best part of Devon as well.
101 Things to do in Cornwall come rain or
Cycling in Cornwall
The region has a vast amount of cycling routes and trails suitable for all abilities. Why not bring a bike with you as we have safe secure storage here for your use. No room, that is no problem, bikes can be hired locally from www.cameltrailcyclehire.co.uk or www.padstowcyclehire.com or there is bike hire in Bodmin. To plan your routes try this link,www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/countryside/cycle-routes-and-trails/.
Walking in Cornwall
There is no better place than this part of Cornwall for walking. Within 20 minutes to the North and South are the coastal paths and right on our doorstep without getting in a car is Bodmin Moor. The Moor has many footpaths of different lengths and for different abilities, so all can discover the stunning scenery and wildlife. Walking guides are provided in the farmhouse bedrooms and cottages for your use whilst staying. To plan in advance try this link, www.walkingincornwall.info/walks.php.
Local places to go
St Neot village
This is our local village 2.5 miles away. Here you will find a well stocked village shop, local pub, Doorstep Green our local community garden and the Holy Well. The village was awarded Best Village in 2006.
The church of St. Neot is famed throughout the county for its stained glass. At least half of the glass in the fifteen windows, one of which was donated by an earlier owner of Mennabroom are from the 16th century and depicts the crucified Christ, various saints, and the story of St. Neot, (said to be only four feet tall).
Among the fine crosses in the churchyard is the shaft of one
from the 9th century that is said to be the finest ornamented cross
in Cornwall. Sunday service is at 11.00am.
Carnglaze Slate Caverns
These are manmade slate caverns deep under the hills of St. Neot, set in 6.5 acres in the Loveny valley. Open daily and used as a music venue in the evenings in its famous Rum Store which was used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War to store their rum.
The inn is close by just off the A30 in the Launceston direction. This inn inspired Daphne du Maurier to write her famous novel of the same name. There is a museum mainly about smuggling and Daphne du Maurier. It is open all year round.
The Moor is an unspoilt windswept ancient landscape punctuated with craggy tors, fast flowing streams, small hamlets and woodlands. It is an exciting place to explore and discover its fascinating history from Neolithic and Bronze Age times to the present day.
Fishing permits are available from Jamaica Inn for fishing brown trout at Colliford Lake (911 acres) and rainbow trout at Sibblyback Lake (140 acres). There is also a trout fishery at Temple.
Horse riding is permitted on the Moor and is available locally.
Walking on the Moor is a very popular pursuit. There are a wide variety of circular walks based on the Moor, as well as the famous circumnavigation of the Moor, the Copper Trail. A copy of which is in your cottage/room. We can store bikes and walking boots etc. if required.
Minions, Cheesering and the Hurlers are some 7 miles away and this is where you will find Cornwall’s highest pub and shop.
Dozmary Pool is the home of the Lady of the Lake from King Arthur’s time. This is close by, by Colliford Lake.
Walks further afield
Golitha Falls about 15 minutes away, is a beautiful river side walk along the upper part of the River Fowey where granite stones from the famous Golitha Falls which run through ancient woodland.
Looe via Talland to Polperro
Looe via Talland to Polperro along the SW coast path. Park at Hannafore Beach in Looe about 20 minutes away, and take the South Coast Foot Path, heading towards Polperro. Enjoy secluded coves, beaches and cliff top views.
There are also many stretches of the SW Coast Path both to the north and south of Mennabroom well worth visiting but too many too list.
Cornwall's highest peak, Brown Willy via Rough Tor is about 20 minutes away. From Altarnum, head towards Camelford then look for the signs to Rough Tor. Park in the car park and head up Rough Tor and then onto Brown Willy. On a clear day you can see both coasts of Cornwall!
Places to visit within 20-40 minutes
Eden Project is well worth a visit for its amazing architecture, tropical plants and Education Centre. During the Summer Music Concerts are held here and in the Winter Ice Skating. Something for all the family, it is open all year round with a Cafe.
Lanhydrock, Bodmin, 8 miles is the nearest National Trust property. It is a fine country house, with formal gardens and woodland walks. Cafe and children's play area.
Cotehele, St Dominic, 18 miles is another National Trust property well worth a visit. It is a fine Tudor house and gardens.
A little further afield, about 46 miles is St. Michaels Mount, nr Penzance. This is a fairy tale castle on an island in Mounts Bay, reach at low tide on foot and at high tide catch the ferry across.
The Bodmin and Wenford Railway, is a must for railway enthusiasts, it is Cornwall's only standard gauge section of track still used by 50s style steam locomotives and offers a variety of trips and special events throughout the year.
Whilst in Bodmin which is a town of great historical importance with many interesting buildings and places for the visitor to explore. These include the 15th Century Parish church dedicated to St. Petroc, The Shire Hall built in 1837 to house the County Assize Courts and of course Bodmin Gaol. The town also boasts two museums, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum and The Bodmin Town Musuem.
Trips to the north coast
The north coast can be reached easily from Mennabroom. Padstow is about 20 miles away and is well worth a visit, though can get very busy during the summer. If travelling by car it is best to use the park and ride. The ferry from Rock which is just a short trip may be easier across the River Camel.
Rock is about 20 miles away, but is a good place to catch the passenger ferry to Padstow or to walk to the famous surfing beach at Polzeath.
Port Issac is about 21 miles and is a very
interesting fishing village, made famous by the Doc. Martin
Going further up the coast, Boscastle is an interesting place to visit along with Tintagel and Bude.
Trips to the south coast
Fowey is about 18 miles from Mennabroom and has beautiful views
across the river and out to sea. There are plenty of
restaurants and shops and just the place for a Daphne du Maurier
fan as she lived locally for a number of years.
Looe is a little closer and it is about 13 miles away. It can be reached by taking the train from Liskeard for a beautiful journey along the West Looe River. It is a working fishing port and if you want to go on a fishing trip for mackerel this is the place to go. There are numerous shops and plenty of good places to eat. Try Kelly's fish and chips on the quay.
Polperro is about the same distance and is a fishing village famous for its white cottages perched on the steep hillside leading down to the small harbour.
Places to visit within 60 - 90 mins
Further afield but well worth visiting are The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Newquay Zoo and the Plymouth Aquarium.
St. Ives and the Tate Galley are well worth a
visit, though during busy times it is best to use the park and
On the south coast there are many beaches well worth a visit and if you fancy a bit of theatre in the open air try The Minack Theatre.
This is just a small sample of what Cornwall has to offer. Please ask for further recommendations.