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Bodmin Moor: splendid isolation.

If you were slow to plan a summer sun break this year, all is not lost. There are plenty of beautiful places right on your doorstep and beyond, and one such place is Cornwall, known for having some of the best weather in the UK. It’s an ideal holiday destination, with stunning scenery, picturesque beaches and a laid back pace. Whether you like to be one of the crowd at the better known beach hang outs or wander for miles inland without seeing more than a handful of people, there’s something for you.

If you’re looking to get away from it all, Bodmin Moor, which covers around 80 square miles between Bodmin and Launceston, is the place. Recommended by BBC Travel recently as ‘a corner of Cornwall that few people take the time to explore…one of the county’s oldest and most fascinating landscapes’, it has a feel of the wilderness about it, but can be crossed by car in about half an hour and is only a few miles from the north coast beaches.

Because of its isolation, wildlife lovers will have a field day spotting otters, skylarks and much more, or just enjoying a hike with views which stretch from Penwith to Dartmoor on a clear day.

Its raw emptiness is one of its great attractions but you’ll need to plan where to refuel. Try lunchtime homemade food using local ingredients at Woods Café in Cardinham Woods, a few miles from Bodmin, where the cream teas are dreamy too, or the Blisland Inn for a pint of real ale and a bar snack. It’s a different world!

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