Launceston in North Cornwall

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Launceston and Launceston Castle in North Cornwall

Altarnun
Blisland
Bodmin
Booby's Bay
Boscastle
Bossiney
Bude
Camelford
Coads Green
Crackington Haven
Constantine Bay
Daymer Bay
Delabole
Egloskerry
Five Lanes
Harlyn Bay
Kilkhampton
Lanivet
Launceston
Lewannick
Marhamchurch
Nanstallon
North Hill
Padstow
Petherwin Gate
Polzeath
Port Isaac
Porthcothan Bay
Port Quin
Poughill
Poundstock
Rock
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
Treknow
Trevone
Treyarnon
Venterdon
Wadebridge
Warbstow Cross
Week St Mary
Whitstone
Widemouth Bay

 Launceston ( formerly Dunheved) is a town of contrasts, from the antique to the ultra modern. A good centre to base yourself in if its exploration of the North Cornwall moors that you seek. Launceston has a vast and varied array of shops, restaurants, and watering holes and the amenities within the town are excellent. The architecture in this edge of the moor town is stunning and can only be appreciated on foot.

  Launceston Castle              This is a magnificent stucture set in the heart of Launceston. All the little roads run in and around here with the quirky houses and shopfronts..an excellent way to spend an afternoonjust pottering around this historical town.

Launceston's chief attraction is the Castle. This is an excellent example of a hill fortress, just climb to the top to see why. Ancient writers differ as to when and by whom "Castle Terrible" was built, but according to extensive research , it was thought that the Castles construction commenced about the time of Edward the Confessor. The North Gate was the main castle entrance from the town until the late 12 century. In 1656 George Fox, founder of the Quakers, did an 8 month stretch here. There was a prison in use here long after the castle ceased serving any military purpose. Other places of interest include St Mary Magdalene's church.

There are some fantastic stuctures to be found in this lovely market town.

With regards the castle, practically the only thing remaining is the keep, which is accessed via a long flight of stone steps. But it is worth the effort just for the amazing views , especially to the west, over Bodmin moor (if your lucky you may see the beast of said moor).  From here the extinct craggy peaks of  the volcano at Roughtor and beyond to Brown Willy. St Clether is an ancient chapel 9 miles west of Launceston.

A view towards Launceston town from St Stephens.  Makes you want to take up arable farming.....proper job.           St Stephens is a northerly suburb of Launceston. This being a view of the church.

A view towards St Stephen Church....you can just see the spire if you look.

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