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Bowes is quiet now, and it's hard to remember that heavy lorries thundered along the A66 up and down the village street. The site of the castle was once the Roman fort Lavatrae, whose ramparts can still be traced. The Roman garrison had a bath 27 feet long by 18 feet wide; traces are still visible in a field south of the church.
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The Ancient Unicorn Inn is situated in Bowes, on the County Durham/North Yorkshire border. The Inn is at least 400 years old, and has served famous people such as Charles Dickens in its past. It’s not surprising that it has such a ghostly history…
Location and supplementary information[view map] 4 miles from Barnard Castle and 16 miles from Scotch Corner. The Ancient Unicorn Inn, and courtyard, is impossible to miss! It stands on the main street of Bowes, now a dead-end, but formerly the A66 trans-Pennine route. Haunted by at least three ghosts,
Distance from path: On route
OS reference: NY9949513540