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Callington is a small town with a population of around 4,500 situated in the beautiful area of south east Cornwall. It is 6 miles from the lovely Tamar valley and 14 miles from Plymouth. Once a busy mining area, its main industries are now farming and tourism.

The 15th century St Mary's Church is at the centre of the town. It is worth a visit to view the Celtic lantern cross in the churchyard and the ancient tombs of the Ayssheton and Willoughby families. Nearby is the Old Clink, originally a parish vestry room and two small rooms where the constable would detain petty criminals awaiting the visiting magistrate. Opposite the church a lane leads to the Pannier Market.

Dominating the skyline for miles around is the old mining stack on top of Kit Hill, is now a countryside park. It is worth a walk to the top for the spectacular views over Bodmin Moor. There are picnic sites, footpaths, riding and ancient mine workings in the area.

Half a mile from the town centre, off the Saltash Road, is the tiny oratory well at Dupath. There a spring rises under a chapel built by monks in the 15th century. More of Callington's history can be found to the west. At Newbridge the A390 crosses the River Lynher and woodland walks follow the river. Climb then to Cadsonbury, an Iron Age enclosure, again offering fine views over the Cornish farmlands

The Carnival, held in July each year, incorporates a window display competition. A visit at this time of year makes it easy to understand why the town has won the Britain in Bloom competition. In June there is the annual Kit Hill Run.

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Kingston House B&B Tel: 01579 383734

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