PhotoFile Cornwall; Images, Photographs and Pictures of Bodmin Moor and South East Cornwall

The Hurlers on Bodmin Moor

PhotoFile Cornwall

Photographs, information of interest, and images around
Bodmin Moor and South East Cornwall
with information about the area around St.Cleer, Redgate,
Minions, Cornish Mining Heritage; plus photographs
from elsewhere in Cornwall, easily reached north and west.

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PhotoFile Cornwall; Photographs, photos and images of Bodmin Moor and South East Cornwall - Trethevy Quoit and Slideshow

PhotoFile Contents
Bodmin Moor and its natural and historical heritageMining heritage of the Caradon, Minions and Liskeard mining area and South East CornwallHouses and Castles around SE Cornwall - and the rest of CornwallNorth Cornwall places of interest inland and on the coastCornwall's Moods - from moor to sea
St.Cleer, Redgate, Golitha Falls and the local area, Minions and LiskeardSouth East Cornwall places of interest inlandSouth East Cornwall places of interest on the coastWest Cornwall places of interest inland and on the coastX-Files and Other Things - the Beast of Bodmin Moor, Lyonesse, Square Rig Sailing and more!

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Site Map with alphabetical contents.

Old maps of South East Cornwall, and the rest of Cornwall

The Cornish Flag of St.Piran, and... "The Hidden Heart of Cornwall""An Golonn Gudhys a Gernow"
Bodmin Moor... "The Hidden Heart of Cornwall"
"Bodmin Moor is the heart of Cornwall. It is as distinctive as Dartmoor, and in no way less impressive.
Its fringes are scattered with tiny farms and homesteads of granite and slate,
with boundaries of turf and stone to enclose the meagre, hard won fields, and its vast sweep
is broken by a tumbled mass of
rugged tors and smoothly rounded downs and only here and there
the dark, forlorn outline of a tortured, stunted tree leaning from the wind."

Old photographs of South East Cornwall, and the rest of Cornwall
How to purchase photographs, and use website images, from PhotoFile Cornwall
Bodmi Moor Books for Sale, and Booklets for download about Bodmin Moor, from PhotoFile Cornwall
What's On in South East Cornwall courtesy of the Best of South East Cornwall

      - taken from W.MacArthur "The River Fowey" (1948) -

Weather forecast
What to do if you are unlucky enough to get a Rainy Day! ...courtesy of the 101 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Cornwall website

Kilmar Tor on Bodmin Moor

Live Webcam at Looe - two cameras giving a panoramic view upriver to the town and fish quay, and across the Banjo Pier and beach, courtesy of the SECTA website
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Stowe's Hill

Stowe's Hill
Rillaton Barrow
The Hurlers
The Cheesewring
Daniel Gumb's Cave
Sharp Tor
Bearah Tor
Kilmar Tor
Hawk's Tor (Eastern Moor)
Rough Tor
Brown Willy
Garrow Tor
St.Bellarmin's Tor
Dozmary Pool
Moor Tors (List)
Moor Wildlife



"Bodmin Moor is a place where dreams are created and fulfilled. A magic place... it is a wonderful locale for those who desire to walk and think their own thoughts, amidst the space and quietude existing in the very heart of this unique and special place that is Cornwall."
(E.V.Thompson; from Walks on Bodmin Moor)

"Wildlife abounds on the moor, whether it is grazing sheep and ponies, wheeling buzzards, or other flora and fauna; but the moor is still very much a working landscape, where the welfare of livestock and land need full consideration by all who use and visit the moor."

Tin-streaming works on the moor
Old tin-streaming works


Siblyback Lake

Golitha Falls
King Doniert's Stone
Trethevy Quoit
Siblyback Lake
Caradon Hill
Crow's Nest


"During 1840s to 1890s St.Cleer became known as "Hell up by Liskeard", due to the somewhat poor social conditions, excessive drinking and immorality, that resulted from this sudden increase in the mining population. By 1901, the population of St.Cleer had decreased again to half what it was at the height of the mining boom."
St.Cleer church
St.Cleer church


Phoenix United Mine

World Heritage Site (& CHAHP Heritage Project)
Phoenix United Mine (& Phoenix100)
Carnglaze Caverns (Slate Mine)
Tin Streaming
South Caradon Mine
West Caradon Mine
South Phoenix Mine
New Phoenix Mine ( Silver Valley Mine )
Craddock Moor Mine
Marke Valley Mine
Wheal Jenkin Mine
Wheal Victoria Copper Mine (Golitha Falls)
Underground in Wheal Victoria
Gold Diggings Quarry
Bearah Tor Quarry
Cheesewring Quarry
Liskeard & Caradon Railway
Glynn Valley Mine
Wheal Martin China Clay Museum


The Mining Scene

"Hast ever seen a mine? Hast ever been
Down it in its fabled grottoes,
                                     walled with gems,
And canopied with torrid mineral belts,
That blaze within the fiery orifice?
Hast ever, by the glimmer of a lamp,
Or the fast waning taper,
                                    gone down, down,
Towards the earth's dread centre,
                                       where wise men
Have told us that the earthquake
                                             is conceived,
And great Vesuvius hath his lava-house,
Which burns and burns forever,
                                          shooting forth
As from a fountain of eternal fire?
Hast ever heard, within this prison house,
The startling hoof of fear? the eternal flow
Of some dread meaning
                           whispering to thy soul?"

(John Harris; miner and poet)

New Phoenix Mine
New Phoenix Mine


The Eden Project

Sterts Open Air Theatre
Eden Project
Eden Project - The Core
Eden Project at Night
Rum Store & Enchanted Dell at Carnglaze Caverns
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Bodmin Courtroom Experience
Bodmin Jail
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Looe Valley Line
Cardinham Woods


"A visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan on a misty February day can be as rewarding as any other day in the year! The Jungle, as it is called, is a captivating board-walk down a steep valley, filled with ponds, tree ferns, and giant rhubarb. With the mists, it is more Jurassic than Jungle!"


Earth sculpture at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Earth sculpture at Heligan


Fowey harbour entrance, Punch's Cross on the Polruan side, and Readymoney Cove on the Fowey side

Tamar Bridges
Kingsands & Cawsands
Rame Head
Looe Island
Downend Point
Polperro Harbour
Lansallos Cove
Pencarrow Head
Fowey Harbour
Fowey Shipping
Gribben Head
Shipwreck & Heritage Centre


"Cornwall has many "secret"
little coves and inlets, that reveal a romantic history of smuggling in the area, and none quite achieves it so well as Lansallos Cove. Here a track winds down through the woods from the church in the village above - a typical smugglers' lane if ever there was!"

Lansallos Cove

Lansallos Cove

The beach at Lansallos

Lansallos Beach

Readymoney Cove and St.Catherine's Castle

Readymoney Cove
and St.Catherine's Castle


Pencarrow House

Cotehele House
Lanhydrock House
Mount Edgcumbe House
Pencarrow House
Restormel Castle
Launceston Castle
Tintagel Castle
St.Mawes Castle
Pendennis Castle
St.Catherine's Castle
Castle Dore


"In 1644, Lanhydrock House was the headquarters of the Parliamentarian cause in Cornwall, but fell to the Royalists later that year, until once again returning to the Parliamentarians when the Royalists lost the war in Cornwall and the west in 1646. Pendennis Castle was the last Royalist stronghold in the county to surrender, and after a five month seige, the defenders were allowed to march out with full military honours, weapons, and banners flying."

Lanhydrock gate house
Lanhydrock gatehouse


Padstow outer harbour - opposite Rick Stein's Fish & Chips!

Trebarwith Strand
Port Quin
Port Isaac
Bedruthan Steps


"'Twas a Giant by the name of Bedruthan who used the stacks as stepping stones to cross the bay... or so the nineteenth century fairy-tale would have you believe. More likely, the steps of Bedruthan were those of the original "steps" or path down the cliff to the beach!"

Bedruthan Steps
Bedruthan Steps


St.Michael's Mount - an icon of Cornwall

Kennal Vale
Helford River
Mullion Cove
St.Michael's Mount
Cape Cornwall
Chapel Porth
Trevaunance Cove


"St.Michael's Mount at one time, in old Cornish, was called "Cara Cowze in Clowze", which means "The hoar rock in the wood"... what is now covered by sea, was once forest, and this is supported by the remains of petrified trees found in Mount's Bay, that have now sunk beneath the waves. Does this perhaps help substantiate the old myths of Lyonesse?"


Harbour defences at Porthleven!


Surf's up!

Sunset and Moonwalk on Bodmin Moor
Mists over the Moors
Surfing at Porthtowan
Breaking Seas
Lazy Daze
Working Sail on the Fal
Stormy Waters
Tea Shops
Seasons in the Sun
New Day Dawning


On a beach in Cornwall
"The tide is rising fast; the sea dashes,
in higher and higher waves, on the
narrowing beach. Rain and mist are both
gone. Overhead the clouds are falling
asunder in every direction, assuming
strange momentary shapes, quaint airy
resemblances of the forms of the great
rocks among which we stand... great
golden rays shoot down over them;
far out on the ocean, the waters flash
into a streak of fire; the sails of ships
passing there, glitter bright;
yet a moment more, and the glorious
sunlight bursts out over the whole view."

(Wilkie Collins; Rambles beyond Railways)

Sunset over the moor
Sunset over Bodmin Moor

X-FILES & Other

Secret places!

The Beast of Bodmin Moor
Tristan and Iseult
Gaff Rig Sailing on a Clovelly Picarooner  new!
Square Rig Sailing on the "Phoenix"
Hot-Air Ballooning


"Sailing aboard the Phoenix is an amazing experience - even more so for those with a love of the sea, and a sense of the great sailing vessels of the past. To be aboard a square rigger under sail is like taking a step out of time, and for three hours - or for longer trips - it is still possible to do so!"

Sailing the Phoenix
The Phoenix

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