- Launceston, a hilly market town. was once the county town of
Cornwall until 1838, and is still regarded as ‘the gateway to Cornwall’.
- Reminders of its medieval history are everywhere, from the ramparts of the l2th-l3th century Launceston Castle—the onetime seat of William the Conqueror’s brother—to the relics of the 12th-century Augustinian priory.
- Two bridges over the River Kensey, New Bridge and St. Leonard’s Bridge, date from the 16th century. Lawrence House, mid-Georgian, is a museum of local interest open on weekday afternoons.
- Elegant Georgian houses still line the narrow thoroughfares and market square.
Described by Betjeman as ‘the most interesting inland town in Cornwall’.
The A30 Trunk Road now sweeps past the town on its way west however a
brief stop for refreshment and exploration is worthwhile
- Attractions: Lawrence House
Museum, Steam Railway. Hidden Valley, Trethorue Leisure Park, Leisure Centre.
- Local towns and villages to visit..
- On the Bude estuary,
also from the rocks and beaches all along the coast. The Bude
Canal is a noted coarse water. River fishing includes stretches of
the Ottery, Inny, Camel and Tamar.
- Sailing on the Camel Estuary. Harbour authorities
should be consulted about off shore sailing.
- At Bude and Widemouth, with frequent venues for
the National Surfing championships Trebarwith Strand, about a mile
south of Tintagel is good for ordinary surfing.
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