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- Cost: No entry fees required for attractions
Visit the Prince of Wales Shaft at Phoenix United Mine, built for the last big pumping engine made in Cornwall (1907). It’s an impressive and distinctive landmark with great views across the countryside.
Nearby, the Houseman’s engine house, part of South Phoenix Mine, is now partially restored as the Minions Heritage Centre—well worth a visit. The centre has recently reopened following the installation of new visitor interpretation facilities.
Take a picnic, or for hot food, visit the Cheesewring Hotel, named after the rock formation at the top of the hill above Minions,
In the afternoon, take a short drive to the Liskeard and District Museum, situated in the award winning renovated Henry Rice building, known as Foresters Hall. The displays concentrate on local people, organisations, trades, professions and industries together with the events that have shaped the history of our locality.
Travelling to Caradon
By car, turn off the A38 at Liskeard and follow the St Cleer road up onto the moors. From the A30, turn off at South Petherwin.
Bus route 574 connects Liskeard to St Cleer and Minions. Minibuses can be booked at the Tourist Office in Liskeard. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest info.
Keep to the Bodmin Moor Code of Conduct for visitors, which is displayed in the car parks
Please keep dogs on a lead where sheep, cattle or ponies are grazing, and at all times between 1 March & 31 July
There is ample parking in Minions, by the Minions Heritage Centre. There is a car park south of Minions, near the Hurlers
There are public toilets in Minions
Eating & drinking
The Inn on the Hill at Pensilva is a great spot for a lovely meal with stunning views. The Hurlers’ Halt and the Post Office serve good cream teas in an atmospheric setting, and the Manor House Country Inn and Restaurant at Rilla Mill is a quality modern eatery in a restored country inn
The Cheesewring is a famous stack of giant, flat boulders balanced in a striking setting high up on the moors. Close by, The Hurlers is a line of three giant stone circles, said to be Cornish men turned to stone by St Cleer for playing a game of hurling on a Sunday when they should have been at church. For a local picnic provider, try www.prettyperfectpicnics.co.uk or http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/