• Altarnun Parish Council

    Welcome to Altarnun Parish Council

  • St Nonnas Church 1

    Altarnun War Memorial

  • St Nonnas Church

    St Nonnas Church

  • Altarnun Village


  • St Nonnas Church

    St Nonnas Church

  • Winter Jamaica Inn

    Winter Jamaica Inn

  • Summer Jamaica Inn

    Summer Jamaica Inn

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(St Nonnas - The Cathedral on the Moors)

The parish of Altarnun lies on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor, 8 miles from Launceston and covering 15,014 acres is the largest Parish in Cornwall. From the rugged landscape of Bodmin moor in the west of the parish, across to the unspoilt villages of Altarnun and Bolventor, which boasts the world renowned Jamaica Inn and to the picturesque farmland and rural hamlets in the east, the true diversity of rural Cornwall is reflected here. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic period and remains of this occupation and also that of the Bronze and Iron Ages can still be found. The Doomsday Book recorded seven settlements within the present parish boundaries.

We are proud of our rural environment and work with the community to protect, preserve, and continually improve it for the benefit of parishioners and visitors alike. Latterly our efforts have been aimed at: the provision of sufficient affordable housing for local people, road safety and traffic management concerns, the installation of a public access defibrilator and the replacement of the public conveniences in Altarnun Village centre, following the closure of the original facilities by Cornwall Council.

For more information please contact our Clerk using the contact us section or phone number above


PLANNING: For recent planning applications and decisions being made during the Caronavirus pandemic please refer to our Planning page on this web site.

DOG WALKERS PLEASE NOTE: It is currently the lambing & calving season and the local farmers would very much appreciate that dog walkers keep their charges on the lead if in likely proximity of sheep & cattle. Thank you.

Altarnun Village

One of the prettiest villages in Cornwall lies in the valley of Penpont Water just off the A30 trunk road making it easy to commute west to Truro or east to Exeter and also with good links to Plymouth in the south.

Altarnun has retained its historic charm and character, something the Parish Council and residents work hard to keep up, including its picturesque packhorse bridge by the church, a variety of traditional cottages, the village hall which houses the local shop and post office and the church hall which supports many community and social events.

The stunning parish church of St Nonna is known as the Cathedral of the Moor. It was built largely in the 15th century in the Perpendicular style, with its bell tower standing 109 ft (33 m) high. It is notable for a fine Norman font and old woodwork, including the screen, bench-ends and communion rails which date to 1684. The screen is one of the finest 15th century examples in Cornwall; it has three gates and the cornice of vines and tracery and vaulting are intricately carved.

More modern evolvements are a thriving primary school and preschool, numerous sports and social clubs, for both the young and more mature and our twinning with Gueltas in Brittany, France.

Three notable public houses, at short distance, provide great food and accommodation – The Kings Head at Five Lanes, Rising Sun Inn at Higher Treween and Jamaica Inn at Bolventor.

Latest Altarnun Parish News

Telephone Boxes-Fives Lanes Defibrillator Now Live!

Five Lanes


March 2020
Telephone Boxes-Fives Lanes Defibrillator Now Live!

Great news! The Five Lanes defibrillator is up and running and available for use. Not that we want it used but this fantastic community facility has been long-awaited and the Parish Council is delighted to announce the fruition of the project and once again express its thanks to those who have supported it, especially The British Heart Foundation, and will continue to do so. 

The Parish Council also plans to convert the Mill Green box into a small free community library run on an honesty system. Work will shortly start as soon as pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 Message From Craig Dowler

Covid-19 Message From Craig Dowler


March 2020
The church

As the current health situation unfolds, we want to remind everyone to look after their neighbour! 

During the next few weeks, maybe months, we are all going to experience unprecedented difficulties, both practical and economic. 

We don’t know exactly what will happen from one day to the next and our usual routine has seen a great deal of change already. There will be no monthly council meetings for the foreseeable future, so may I kindly ask that if there are pressing matters, that these are brought to the attention of the clerk, myself or other councillors you may know, to deal with in the most practical way given our current limitations. 

In Altarnun we are more fortunate than most, having space around us and a relatively small population, most of whom know one another. Can I just remind all residents to keep a close eye on family and neighbours, within the government guidelines that will apply from time to time. If your neighbour is subject to one of the following: living alone, elderly, not computer literate, suffering any kind of ill health, disability or disadvantage please offer to help if safe to do so or seek help from the relevant agency. 

People may need shopping, dog walking, collection of medications or simply a friendly phone conversation and it will be up to all of us to make sure that everyone in the parish eats well, stays safe and stays in touch. Our immune system needs good food, fresh air and exercise to work properly. 

Here is a regularly updated link to Cornwall Council’s latest information about the situation to keep people in the loop: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/ 

The most vulnerable people may not see this information and so we can all make a small effort to draw attention to anything which is relevant and make sure it has been seen. 

Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need to! 

Craig Dowler 

Chair Altarnun Parish Council. Tel: 07733309654

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