Liskeard is an ancient stannary and market town and civil parish in south east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Liskeard is situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Plymouth, 14 miles (23 km) west of the River Tamar and the border with Devon, and 12 miles (20 km) east of Bodmin. The town is at the head of the Looe valley in the ancient hundred of West Wivelshire and has a population of 8,656. Liskeard was the base of the former Caradon District Council and it still has a town council. The coves and resorts of the south Cornish coast are within easy reach to the south of Liskeard. Bodmin Moor lies to the northwest. The A38 trunk road used to pass through the town centre but a dual carriageway bypass now carries traffic south of the town leaving the town centre accessible but with low traffic levels.