Launceston Walks by Sophie Williams
While you are here with us at Bowerland, why not try this lovely 4.2 mile circular walk near Launceston. The walk goes from Werrington to Bridgetown and back, in a pair of river valleys that feed tributaries to the Tamar. The route follows footpaths across the farmland that was once part of the manor of Werrington.
Dogs must be kept on a leash
The return route is via Crossgate which has a bridge over the River Tamar into Devon. Dogs must be kept on leads on this circuit as it covers a lot of farmland with a lot of livestock on it. You may also need to lift your dog over several stiles on this walk, which takes you through picturesque countryside full of amazing views and scenery.
Werrington Park dates back over 1000 years to Saxon times and is in the Doomsday book. The manor was recorded shortly after the Norman Conquest. The present house mostly dates to the Elizabethan times, and was built by Sir Frances Drake’s nephew in 1641.
In 1704 when the house was modified to give it its present front. It was damaged in a fire in 1976, but fortunately contained to the roof. There are usually a lot of sheep around this area. So please be mindful of this and try not to let your dogs worry them. Depending on the time of year, they might be expectant mothers!
During Saxon times the River Tamar was a border between Cornwall and Devon. After the Norman Conquest this was changed to the River Ottery near Launceston. This meant that North Petherwin and Werrington were lost to Devon, until 1966 when the border was taken back to the River Tamar.
You will also cross the Tala Water by footbridge. The Tala water covers 5.5 miles and is a tributary of the River Tamar. It goes through Beer and Curry. In the Autumn there is an abundance of sloes in the hedges, which you can pick from September through to Christmas.
Read more of our Wednesday Walks HERE.