Above: Woody enjoying his walk and an old mine engine house
It’s Good Friday and the sun is shining, so Woody the sausage dog and I decided to have walk at Minions, on Bodmin Moor. It was a bit wet and muddy as we had rain the day before but that didn’t stop the giant sausage having a grand time.
Minions has recently been put on the media map by the cartoon Minions, but locals have always known the pretty moorland village for the highest pub in Cornwall (The Cheesewring Hotel), the Hurlers (three late Neolithic stone circles), the Cheesewring (a pile of natural granite stones on top of Stowe’s Hill) and the old tin and copper mining engine houses and workings that make up this World Heritage Site. There are many legends surrounding the Cheesewring and Hurlers. According to legend, the the standing stones are the remains of men petrified for playing hurling on a Sunday.
Above: The ground can be very wet and boggy after rain. The two stones in the centre are known as The Pipers, again turned to stone for playing on a Sunday instead of going to church. The photo on the right shows old mine workings and the Hurlers on the horizon.
Above: cattle, sheep and ponies roam free on the moor and dogs must be kept on a lead at all times between 1st March and the end of July (lambing season).
There is plenty of car parking, and as well as the pub, the village has a tearoom and Heritage Centre in Houseman’s Shaft engine house at South Phoenix Mine. Here is link to more information: Heritage Centre
Here is a link to a circular walk you can undertake in the area: Minions circular walk
Enjoy your visit! Who knows, you might spot Aidan Turner filming for the next TV series of Poldark…