A wild and rugged area steeped in history, Bodmin Moor has more than its fair share of myths and legends - from its strong connections to the stories of King Arthur right up to present day reports of farmers livestock being hunted down by the Beast of Bodmin Moor.
Since 1983 there have been over 60 reported sightings of a big cat on Bodmin Moor. This still taken from some video footage shows an animal which is some three and a half feet in length. Despite an inconclusive enquiry by the government many locals remain convinced that there is one or more big cats at large on the moors.
In November 1999 a squadron of Cornish RAF reserves spent a night on the moors trying to track the beast with the lastest hi-tech military night-vision equipment. Unfortunately bad weather hampered their operation, but they will be back again - the hunt continues...
The connection with King Arthur may be a bit more tenuous but nevertheless the possibilty of Camelot being in Cornwall remains a strong one.
The high windswept aspect of Dozmary Pool may not fit easily with popular romantised vision of the lake into which the dying Arthur instructed Sir Bedivere to cast Excalibur.
However little is actually known of the Dark Ages - certainly the legendary King and his knights would have not have been clad in chain mail roaming about the country on heavy horses. But in the sixth century Arthur certainly maintained a fierce struggle against the Anglo-Saxon invaders and the many stories of the deeds of the knights of the round table remain as popular today as they ever were.
Now we come to one of Cornwalls most famous ghost. On Sunday 14th April 1844 Charlotte Dymond was found murdered on the slopes of Roughtor. Her lover, a crippled farmhand called Matthew Weeks was later hanged at Bodmin Gaol for the crime. Since that time, and especially on the anniversary of her death, Charlotte has been seen walking in the area, clad in a gown and a silk bonnet. There is a memorial stone at Roughtor Ford which marks the site of her murder and her grave lies in the churchyard at Davidstow.