Huge numbers of tourists are drawn to the south-western county of Cornwall each year, most of them to revel in the region's natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. From the Atlantic swells of the north coast to the sleepy fishing villages of the south, there really is something for everyone in Cornwall.
One of the county's biggest attractions, though, is away from the coast, in the middle of Cornwall. Bodmin Moor attracts walkers and adventure enthusiasts alike. A magical place, the Moor is the setting for many a local legend. One of the most talked about spots is a small lake, just outside Bolventor - Dozmary Pool. With plenty of fine hotels dotted around the Moor, it couldn't be easier to go and check out the legendary location for yourself.
Home to the Lady of the Lake
Legend has it that Dozmary Pool was the home of the original Lady of the Lake. It is her who was said to give King Arthur his famous sword Excalibur. After the King was mortally wounded at the Battle of Camlann, it's thought that Sir Bedivere returned the sword to this mysterious body of water.
It's not just us humans who see something special in Dozmary Pool. The lake is also popular with wildlife. The pool is part of a network of water bodies in the area which are contributing to the reconstruction of vegetation history. The pool is also home to a variety of unusual species of plant, such as the scarce six-stamened waterwort. Supporting plenty of birdlife, the pool is a popular spot for birdwatchers.
Hotels near the Moor
Bodmin Moor and the area surrounding Dozmary Pool is home to some of the best rural hotels in Cornwall. The nearby Caradon Inn offers guests a traditional feel, free WiFi and an on-site restaurant. The Trehallas House Hotel and Restaurant is ideal for those visiting the Moor in search of a good walk. There's also excellent food available.
The natural beauty of the Moor is enchanting, but those preferring to stay in a bustling town can head to nearby Wadebridge or Camelford. The Countryman Hotel is a quaint B&B located in Camelford, which is still an ideal place from which to explore Bodmin Moor.