St Breward is a beautiful, unspoilt village nestled right on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Home to some of the most spectacular scenery on Bodmin Moor, it was also an important setting in the BBC drama Poldark, with the main character’s home, Nampara, set in a little cottage near St Breward.
Do be warned it is unwise to simply stroll across the moor without a map or any guidance as there are restricted zones and some dangerous bogs on the moor.
Photograph of ‘Namapara’ near St Breward by Bev Teague
To find St Breward, take the A39 following signs to Wadebridge. Carry on the A39 (going through five roundabouts) until you reach a right hand turn for the B3266 – the Camelford to Bodmin main road. Take the B3266 and turn left onto the road to reach your destination after about 0.2 miles.
The walk is about 4 miles long and takes about two hours, crossing the Moor to the King Arthur’s Hall monument and ending at The Old Inn, St Breward. The 11th Century pub has a dog friendly bar and a roaring fire in winter.
Starting the walk at Stannon House, take the tarmacked road a short way until it turns into a farm track. The route passes the Stannon Stone Circle and along the walk you’ll see prehistoric settlements and a burial chamber before you head up to Louden Hill to the logan rock which offers incredible views. Then walk towards Rough Tor, passing another stone circle and return via the Middle Moorwayside cross.