GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stover Country Park

2 miles (3 km)

Explore over 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland and lakes on this circular walk through the peaceful Stover Country Park, near Newton Abbot in Devon. The walk takes you around the delightful Stover Lake before following the canal outlet through the woodland. The park also includes the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail which takes in specially designed Poetry Posts each displaying a poem by Ted Hughes on a theme relating to wildlife of the natural world.
The route below is designed for walkers but there is also a designated cycle route through the northern part of the Park.
The Templer Way runs through the park so you could pick this up to continue your walk. Heading north would take you to Bovey Tracey while heading south would take you along the Stover Canal to Newton Abbot. Our Newton Abbot Walk starts from the town and takes you to the park on this route.


TQ12 6QG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Stover Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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The Bell Inn in Bovey Tracey is a great option for some refreshments. The friendly, cosy pub has a good menu and a very fine garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find it at Town Hall Place with postcode TQ13 9AA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The excellent woodland and parkland trails make the park popular with dog walkers. You are asked to please keep them out of the lake and under close control. The Bell Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Stover Cycle Path also runs through the park. It runs from Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey along a traffic free path which forms part of the National Cycle Network.
Just to the north east you can pick up the circular Chudleigh Walk from the nearby town. This visits some of the highlights of the area including Chudleigh Rocks, Ugbrooke Park and the Castle Dyke Iron Age Hillfort.

In Newton Abbot you could pay a visit to Decoy Country Park. There's a Wildlife Discovery Centre, Nature Reserve and a watersports centre next to the lake here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The Lake, Stover Country Park - - 409249

Early morning view of the Lake in Winter

Lake, Stover Country Park - - 940718

Lake, Stover Country Park. Stover Lake, is artificial, founded by James Templer as a landscape feature when he took over the estate.

Carved seat, Stover Country Park - - 1371793

Carved seat. Many of the wooden features in the park are incised with appropriate decoration.

Carving of cormorant, Stover Country Park - - 1371790

Carving of cormorant. Close to this carving is Ted Hughes' poem about a cormorant.

Seat in outdoor classroom at Stover Country Park - - 1371799

Seat in outdoor classroom at the park

Templer Way, Stover Country Park - - 947775

Sign for the Templer Way in the park. The Templer Way is a walk of 18 miles tracing the historic line of granite being taken from the quarries at Haytor to the docks at Teignmouth. The route gets its name from the Templer family. James Templer purchased the Stover Estate, near Newton Abbot, in 1765 after making his fortune at sea.


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