The Caradon Inn is a traditional
Inn in the peaceful village of Upton Cross near Liskeard in stunning Cornwall
and situated directly opposite Sterts open-air ampitheatre set on the fringe of
picturesque Bodmin Moor.
Liskeard is an ideal base from which to
explore. Situated at the head of the Looe Valley, it has long been an important
market centre and was one of the four original Stannary towns. The mining
industry played an important part in the town’s growth and in 1828 a canal link
enabled ore and stone to be carried down to Looe.
The railway which replaced it has become
today’s single track branch line along scenic wooded riverbanks, the Looe
Valley Line. Liskeard remains a picturesque and lively market town, full of
interesting buildings; a Victorian Guildhall and clock tower; the Stuart House
where Charles I stayed in 1644; and the second largest church in Cornwall.
Market days are still held every Monday and Thursday and the town now has an
excellent leisure centre, Lux Park.
To the north west of Liskeard lies the
windswept uplands of Bodmin Moor, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty. The moors, shrouded in mist and mystery, hold abundant clues for those
who want to delve into the past – burial chambers and holy wells, giant stones
and Bronze Age settlements, decayed mine-workings and disused quarries. When
you visit the moors you are retreading the footsteps of Neolithic man, of
Cornish Kings, and of the thousands of miners who once worked the area.