Bury Down pictured above is 10 minutes walk from Botelet farm.  At the top of the hill marked by two windswept thorn trees, the Neolithic hill fort of Bury Down is thought to have been a meeting place of nomadic people who inhabited the land between the Tamar and the Fowey estuary.  It is possible that when relations became a little more civil, these same people moved down to the valley and established Botelet.  Archaeological digs have taken place at the fort and there is still much to be learnt.  It is said that a beacon was lit from here to relay the message of the Spanish invasion to Sir Walter Raleigh.  The panoramic view of the surrounding area can be enjoyed from the top and explains why it was an important vantage point.

You may be especially rewarded by taking a stroll to the top at sunrise when only nature is awake and mist can often be seen in the valleys stretching from Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and sections of the south coast to the English Chanel.  Try taking up a picnic or bottle of wine on a warm still evening and you may experience a stunning sunset over the St Austell clay country (Cornish Alps!).

Schools, educational groups and visitors are encouraged to explore Environmental Stewardship conservation work in progress around the farm including the scheduled monument of Bury Down hill fort, orchards, woodland walks, Cornish hedging, medieval mill and mine ruins.  Pre-school and primary school groups visiting Botelet have previously enjoyed activities such as creating tree rubbings, wildlife spotting, exploring the woodlands and drawing wild flowers.  There are many opportunities to link with the curriculum including History, Geography, Art and Design and Science, and visits to Botelet can be a great way of extending Forest School activities.

Botelet has ample parking for visiting groups, a loo and washbasin as well as space inside a barn for eating lunch.  Help can be given with completing risk assessment forms for school groups.

An education pack with resources and ideas to help you plan a visit (see Education Pack below) is available along with pre-arranged free guided walks with a member of the family, for school groups of six people or more.

Download information  Education Pack.pdf

For school visits, please print the farm educational visit evaluation form and hand in to the farm following your visit or post to:

Botelet Farm, Herodsfoot, Liskeard, PL14 4RD

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Botelet PL14 4RD - a special place to stay upstream from Fowey and Lostwithiel Cornwall


Bury Down Hill Fort education visits

Bury Down Neolithic hill fort, scheduled monument with educational access, Botelet Farm Cornwall