Two Castles Trail

About this route

The Two Castles Trail takes you through beautiful and peaceful countryside – from the edge of Dartmoor, past historic battlegrounds to the ancient town of Launceston.  It links the medieval castles of Okehampton and Launceston.

The route passes through a variety of landscapes, including moorland in the east, woodland and river valleys and, as well as the two castles themselves, gives insights into a wealth of historic interest along the way.

The Two Castles trail covers 24 miles/38kms in total.

Getting Around

The route has been divided into four stages, all accessible at each end by public transport. Since car parking is limited along the route, the use of public transport is recommended, although frequency of buses vary according to the day of the week and location.  Check www.journeydevon.info for current public transport information.

Okehampton and Launceston have full facilities.
A number of climbs and descents crossing a variety of terrain - road, woodland tracks, field paths and moorland.
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Interesting information

Points of interest along the route include a wooded hilltop Iron Age fort, the site of a Dark Age battle between Saxons and Celts and the Victorian home of Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould who wrote the hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’.

Photo of a quite lane crossing Stowford Bridge on the Two Castles Trail
Stowford Bridge, Two Castles Trail Copyright Derek Harper, licensed for reuse - see geograph.org.uk

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