Davidstow, Davidstow Airfield and Davidstow Moor in North Cornwall

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Davidstow, Davidstow Airfield and Davidstow Moor in North Cornwall

Altarnun
Blisland
Bodmin
Booby's Bay
Boscastle
Bossiney
Bude
Camelford
Coads Green
Crackington Haven
Constantine Bay
Davidstow
Daymer Bay
Delabole
Egloskerry
Five Lanes
Harlyn Bay
Kilkhampton
Lanivet
Launceston
Lewannick
Lundy Bay
Marhamchurch
Nanstallon
North Hill
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Port Isaac
Porthcothan Bay
Port Quin
Poughill
Poundstock
Rock
Shop
(Bude)
South Petherwin
St Breward
St Endellion
St Issey
St Juliot
St Kew
St Kew Highway
St Mabyn
St Merryn/Shop
Stoke Climsland
Stratton
St Teath
St Tudy
Tintagel
Trebarwith Strand
Trebetherick
Tredizzick
Tregadillet
Tregardock
Treknow
Trevone
Treyarnon
Venterdon
Wadebridge
Warbstow Cross
Week St Mary
Whitstone
Widemouth Bay

Davidstow is a civil parish and a village on the edge of Bodmin Moor and is close to Crowdy reservoir, Roughtor and Brown Willy in North Cornwall. Davidstow is located along the A395, roughly three miles north of Camelford and 15 miles west of Launceston.

Roughtor and Brown Willy viewed from across Davidstow Airfield towards Bodmin Moor.

 'Davidstow' means David's Place. The church is supposed to have been founded by Saint David in the 6th century, whilst visiting his mother at nearby Altarnun.

Davidstow Moor was an airbase from 1942 until 1945. Originally, land was acquired in 1941 and construction took place in the first half of 1942. Providing a three runway airfield with an extensive dispersal area.

 Davidstow Airfield. The three T2 Hangars have long since been removed, although several dispersed

The image above shows the three crossed runways and aircraft pans at Davidstow.

Despite the moor land conditions construction was reasonably straightforward, although it did involve the removal of various boundaries and the closure of minor roads as well has some drainage work. For images of R.A.F. Davidstow Moor go here http://worldwar2airfields.fotopic.net/c214026.html. Recently a museum commemorating the RAF base was opened at Davidstow. Despite a few periods of intense activity, like Treligga, it was one of the Coastal Command's lesser used airfields. The airfield was closed in December 1945 and then became a motor racing circuit that hosted  three Formula 1 races in the early 1950s, including the first success for the Lotus Marque.

The Davidstow Creamery is also found here and has been making cheese for over 50 years using the water from St David's Holy Well which can be found next to the parish church. My favourite Cheddar is made at Davidstow Creamery...or the cheese factory as it is known locally.

The airfield is still in use by micro- lites and the odd light aircraft, and a public highway runs right through the moor and the runways are now in a sad condition. The control tower has over the years been exposed to the ravages of the weather but is still in good structural condition. There are several other military structures to be found.

Davidstow moor also forms the gathering-ground of the River Inney which is a tributary of the River Tamar.

Roughtor and Little Roughtor.

Little Roughtor rock formation

Roughtor is located on the edge of Bodmin Moor. A high moor land outcrop of windswept stones that affords unparalleled views across the county in all directions. Behind Roughtor lies Brown Willy.

The highest point in all Cornwall, Brown Willy ( Bronn Wennili meaning "Hill of Swallows") affords amazing views across the county.

The road to Roughtor    Roughtor - View of the summit

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