( 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'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.
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
beyond to Brown
Clether is an ancient chapel 9 miles west of Launceston.
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care along our shore, and you will leave here wanting more.
But if the
warnings you ignore, then you may get more than you bargained for.
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