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Launceston (Hotels in Launceston Click Here)
Betjeman called it ‘the most rewarding inland town of Cornwall’, and Launceston is still a fine looking place, dominated by the Norman castle of Dunheved and by the extraordinary church of St Mary Magdalene. The castle became the seat of the Earls of Cornwall and the mediaeval town crowding beneath it was enclosed by walls, the South Gate of which survives. Launceston was the capital of Cornwall until 1835 when that honour went west to Bodmin. The church of St Mary Magdalene, originally the town chapel, was rebuilt in the 16th century (the tower is 200 years older) out of moorland granite and given the most amazing display of decorative carving to be found anywhere in the county.

Eagle House Hotel - Launceston - 01566 772036
Glencoe Villa Guest House - Launceston - 01566 775819
Jamaica Inn - Launceston - 01566 86250
Kings Head Hotel - Launceston - 01566 86241
Landreyne Manor - Launceston - 01566 782528
Penhallow Manor - Launceston - 01566 86206
Trecollas Guest House - Launceston - 01566 86386
White Hart Hotel - Launceston - 01566 772013

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Lelant
Lelant had its day as a port on the Hayle estuary in early mediaeval times, but it suffered badly from the silting of the river and lost its trade to St Ives. The silting helped to form the expanse of estuary marshland known as the saltings which is now an RSPB reserve. There is a station at Lelant on the scenic branch railway line to St Ives.

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Lerryn
At the head of an unspoilt creek of the Fowey estuary, the village of Lerryn once had a significant role to play as a river port serving a large farming community. Today it is a peaceful spot which still maintains a vital village spirit. On spring tides, visitors and locals alike come up from Fowey and Golant by boat to enjoy a picnic by the river or a drink at the Ship Inn. There is a fine little 16th-century bridge across the river and a beautiful walk alongside the creek through the National Trust’s Ethy Wood. An extension to this walk will take you to the near-perfect settlement of St Winnow on the main Fowey river - church, farm and vicarage gathered above an old river quay.

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Liskeard (Hotels in Liskeard Click Here)
Liskeard was one of the ancient coinage towns for the tin industry (see Helston), and later flourished with the discovery of rich deposits of copper to the north, around Caradon Hill, in the 19thcentury. Many fine town houses survive from this boom time and Liskeard still has the life and vigour of a busy market town. There is a lovely branch line which runs from here down to Looe through the wooded East Looe valley, whilst the main line crosses the valley on the mighty Moorswater viaduct with the old stone piers of Brunel’s original alongside.

Bylane-End Bed & Breakfast - Liskeard - 01503 240825
Elnor Guest House - Liskeard - 01579 342472
Gillwood Bed & Breakfast - Liskeard - 01208 821648
Higher Trevartha Farm - Liskeard - 01579 343382
Hotel Nebula - Liskeard - 01579 343989
Hyvue House - Liskeard - 01579 348175
London Inn - Liskeard - 01579 320263
Pencubitt Country House Hotel - Liskeard - 01579 342694
Seasons - Liskeard - 01579 345666
Sportsman Arms Hotel - Liskeard - 01503 240249
The Fountain Hotel - Liskeard - 01579 342154
The Millers Tale - Liskeard - 01579 344972
The Well House - Liskeard - 01579 342001
The White Hart Hotel - Liskeard - 01579 342245
Torcott Guest House - Liskeard - 01579 347188
Trecarne House - Liskeard - 01579 343543

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Lizard
The name comes from the Cornish for ‘court on a height’ and refers to the whole peninsula as well as to the village near its tip and the point itself, which is Britain’s most southerly place. Lizard Point, and most of the land around it, is owned by the National Trust and has benefited from a major programme of landscape improvements including the undergrounding of overhead wires and the creation of a new footpath from the village. The splendid Lizard light is the oldest mainland lighthouse in Cornwall. The twin towers date back to 1752, although a light was established here as early as 1619. Nearby is the alarming Lion’s Den, a crater in the cliffs which was formed by the roof of a cave collapsing. Inland, rising out of a great expanse of heathland amidst the rare plants and ancient tumuli, are the vast dishes of the Goonhilly Earth Satellite Tracking Station.

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