Land Management & Access
Land management and access work in the Caradon Hill area is focused on brokering a better understanding between the existing users of the moor and the graziers. The aim is not to try to increase footfall, but to help with education so that damage is reduced and best management practices for long-term sustainability are encouraged.
Features of the Caradon Hill area
Liskeard is an ancient market town with a history going back to Norman times. It was the local centre for wool trading and agriculture, and later a stannary town where tin taxes were levied. The landscape aspect of the rural moorland to the north of Liskeard (southern edge of Bodmin Moor) was typically random farms and small enclaves prior to the 19th-century mining boom when many of the current hamlets developed very rapidly.
The moorland is privately owned, but certain individuals hold Commoners’ rights to graze livestock on the land. There is a common misunderstanding amongst the public that 'Common Land' means nobody owns it and anyone can use it. This has been complicated by Open Access designations (CRoW Act), commonly misquoted as 'the right to roam,’ because the majority of Common Land was overlain as Open Access Land where anyone may walk (but not drive or ride).
The Commoners earn a living from grazing ponies, cattle and sheep on the open moorland which are a particular type of 'tougher' livestock, not the 'softer' dairy cattle or riding-ponies and horses that the public are more familiar with.
Need to know
- CHAHP is offering training workshops in rural skills and free advice on land management
- Just because the landscape looks like a large windswept wilderness, it doesn't mean it's abandoned
- Everyone can benefit from a greater understanding of the different uses of the landscape and take pride in helping to sustain it