Bodmin a small town of around 15,000 people in the middle of Cornwall to the south west of Bodmin Moor. It was the major religious and administrative centre for Cornwall throughout the middle ages from the late Saxon period onwards(Bodmin = abode of the monks). Originally the county town in Cornwall and the site of a Cornish Stannary then the home of the County Assize until 1980s. With the rise of the railway in the 19th century, Truro became the county town and in 1870 was given city status with the opeing of it cathedral. Some may say this a more apt location for county town.
In the seventies, the Greater London Council used Bodmin, along with many other towns, to relocate its council tenants, creating several estates around the town.
It would be very easy to write Bodmin off but there are good points...
from an old railway runs close to the centre of the town. The Trail runs from Padstow to high on Bodmin Moor. Experienced bike riders should avoid the trail on summer weekends, as it is full of families with young children all over the path.....that said it is level with a gentle slope west to east.
The shops are average.