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Launceston Walk


Launceston , named after the church of St Stephen, used to be the ancient capital of Cornwall.

The locals refer to the town as 'Lanson'.

Point of Interest Launceston Steam Railway
Launceston Castle
Launceston Museum
parking Various Car Parks in town (free on Sundays)

Walk 1 Launceston Trail (2.5 mile)


This easy walk captures the unique character of an almost medieval market town known today among other things for its Norman Castle & Steam Railway .

South Gate Arch
South Gate Arch

From the town-center head towards High Street and continue until the stunning carved exterior of the church of St Mary Magdalene.

Retrace your steps and turn left into South Gate Street. Go through the impressive Arch, then climb steadily up Race Hill. Turn right into Bounsall's Lane then almost immediately left into Windmill Hill. At the end join a public footpath onto Coronation Park and enjoy the extensive views - unfortunately there is no sign of any windmill.

Coronation Park

Continue past the sports centre and through the car park .At Dunheved Road turn left then, right into Dunheved Fields.

Turn right into Hendra Vale and descend to the A388 - Take care crossing this busy road - cross diagonally left then turn sharp right into a small lane, Carboth Lane. At the T junction turn left then enter a Foot Path on right.

This path runs parallel to the castle - you get a real idea of how steep the castle walls are.

Follow this path until the end , go across a stile , then turn left and continue until you see a railway bridge on your right. Cross the bridge - notice the narrow gauge - and almost immediately turn right into Priory Mews, quite a bumpy lane. This takes you past the old railway station.

At the T junction turn right then cross the road into Station Road. Almost immediately turn right into St Thomas Hill.

Coronation Park

The route climbs steadily in a straight line, cross Wodda Road and up some steps street. At the top of the steps turn right into Castle street. This takes you past the Lawrence House Museum & National Trust property (right) and through a gatehouse to the entrance of the castle.

At the end of the path turn left and follow the road.

It turns right into bridge crossing the North Cornwall Railway line, past the old Launceston station.

You return past the entrance to the castle.

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Walk around Launceston

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Launceston Town Centre