GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bovey Tracey Walks

11 miles (17.5 km)

The town of Bovey Tracey sits in a fine walking location on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. There's some excellent local trails through the Bovey Valley, acres of local woodland and popular hill climbs to ancient forts. The town itself is also worth exploring with a Grade I listed 14th century church and theHouse of Marbles, a visitor attraction on the site of the historic pottery.
This walk from the town visits some of the highlights of the area including Becky Falls, Houndtor Wood, Sharpitor and Lustleigh Cleave.
The walk starts in the town centre where you can pick up the Dartmoor Way and follow the waymarked footpath north west to Drakeford Bridge, passing through the pretty River Bovey Valley. You then turn west and follow woodland trails through Pullbrook Wood to Houndtor Wood, passing Trendlebere Down where there's the East Dartmoor Woods and Heath Nature Reserve. Continue west and you will soon come to the lovely Becky Falls, a popular local beauty spot.
The route continues north past Deal Cottage, Freeland, Manaton and Horsham before coming to Foxworthy Bridge. Here you turn south east to pass through Lustleigh Cleave. The Cleave (or 'cliff') is a great place for walkers with lots of footpaths and interesting flora and fauna. Look out for wildlife including deer, butterflies and the dipper bird by the river. In the spring you can also see lots of bluebells and foxgloves.
The route continues east past Sharpitor rocks to the village of Lustleigh where you could stop for refreshments. Near here you pick up the Dartmoor Way again retrace your steps back to Bovey Tracey.

Postcode

TQ13 9AE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bovey Tracey OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bovey Tracey Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Bovey Tracey

  • Dartmoor Way - This epic long distance circular walk takes you on a tour of the wonderful Dartmoor National Park.On the circular route you will pass Okehampton, Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Buckfastleigh, Princetown, Foggintor Quarry and Tavistock as you make your way around this circular route
  • Becky Falls - This is a circular walk in the Dartmoor's Bovey Valley visiting the beautiful Becky Falls and other local landmarks, beauty spots and villages
  • Lustleigh Cleave - The village of Lustleigh is in a nice position for exploring a lovely part of the Dartmoor National Park
  • Yarner Woods - This large woodland area near Bovey Tracey is part of theEast Dartmoor Woods and Heaths National Nature Reserve. It's a great area for walking with miles of woodland paths to follow. The area is dominated by ancientoak but there are other species such asbirch,scots pine,larchandbeech. Other flora includes flowers such as cow-wheat and bilberry, and various Lichens and mosses.
  • Hound Tor - Hound Tor is considered one of the best view points in the Dartmoor National Park
  • Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoir - Enjoy an easy walk around these two pretty reservoirs in the Dartmoor National Park
  • Chudleigh - This Devon based town is located in a good spot close to the Dartmoor National Park and the River Teign Valley.
  • Moretonhampstead - This small Devon town is often described as the gateway to the Dartmoor National Park making it a fine place to start a walk
  • Fingle Bridge and Woods - Explore the delightful woods around Fingle Bridge and visit the Iron Age Hill Fort of Wooston Castle on this woodland walk in Dartmoor
  • Castle Drogo - Explore the delightful gardens and wider estate surrounding this country house in Drewsteignton, Devon.This is one of the classic circular walks in Dartmoor taking you from Castle Drogo to Fingle Bridge along the wonderful Hunters Path
  • Canonteign Falls - This country park in Dartmoor consists of woodland trails, beautiful lakes and the stunning Canonteign Falls
  • Scorhill Stone Circle - This walk visits the Scorhill Stone Circle and the Wallabrook Clapper Bridge in the Teign Valley of Dartmoor.

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the town The Cromwell Arms is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The historic 17th century inn serves good quality food and has a lovely large garden area to relax in. You can find them on Fore Street at postcode TQ13 9AE for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country, river and woodland on the route makes for a fine dog walk. The Cromwell Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south east of the town there's the Little Bradley Ponds Nature Reserve where you look out for lots of birdlife on the water. The Chudleigh Knighton Heath Reserve and Clay Works are a little further on from there also.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks and the Dartmoor Walks pages.

Photos

Station Road, Bovey Tracey - geograph.org.uk - 1992835

Station Road in the town.

Bovey Tracey Pottery Pond - geograph.org.uk - 1495958

Bovey Tracey Pottery Pond. The pond was created to supply water power to the pottery factory a few hundred metres away. Now it is a wildlife sanctuary.

Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey - geograph.org.uk - 2136170

Dolphin Hotel.

Bovey Tracey cricket ground and pavilion

Bovey Tracey cricket ground and pavilion

Dartmoor, Becky Falls - geograph.org.uk - 438831

Dartmoor: Becky Falls. From a strictly physical geographical point of view this is the Becka Falls waterfall on the Becka Brook, which is a tributary of the River Bovey. The water cascades here over a boulder-strewn bed with a fall of about 70 feet or about 20 metres. However the land in which they occur is privately owned, and the owners have unsurprisingly turned the site into a tourist attraction in which the falls are the centrepiece of a woodland park containing a variety of different features such as a children's zoo, pony paddocks, and the inevitable gift shop. In the course of this commercialization the name of the falls has metamorphosed from Becka, as shown on the OS 1940s map, into Becky, as shown on the current OS map. The falls were first made accessible to the public in 1903.

On Lustleigh Cleave - geograph.org.uk - 742600

On Lustleigh Cleave

View from Sharpitor - geograph.org.uk - 2140926

View from Sharpitor

Meadow, Bovey valley - geograph.org.uk - 1210196

Meadow, Bovey valley. The Parke estate is a mixture of woodland and meadows, the latter on the Bovey floodplain. Here a gate provides access from the riverside path to a meadow beside the wooded railway embankment.

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