Often described as ‘The Gateway to the Moor’, the small South Devon town of Bovey Tracey is situated on the edge of glorious Dartmoor and is one of the main towns to access this famous rugged landscape. With many unique buildings built using traditional Dartmoor-granite and cob, Bovey Tracey is a quaint Devon village with a wealth of history and charm.
If you are planning a holiday to Bovey Tracey, there are plenty of attractions and interesting sights to fill your days. Local farmer’s markets sell homemade produce on alternate Saturday mornings so you can stock up on delicacies and the town itself boasts an array of independent boutiques, butchery’s, and shops. The town is home to the renowned Devon Guild of Craftsmen which is based in a 19th century water mill on the River Bovey. For an interesting day out, spend the day at the guild and watch the craftsmen and women work on their creations from jewellery making, sculpture, and glass to print making. You can pick up original pieces in the shop and admire works of art in the gallery.
To keep the younger generation amused, a day out at the House of Marbles is a must. This working glass and games factory manufactures unusual toys, gifts, and games. There is a great collection of marble runs and other amusements to stay entertained. Enjoy a relaxed beverage or bite to eat in the licensed restaurant at the end of your fun-filled day. The National Trust’s Parke Estate is a peaceful haven which has beautiful gardens to enjoy, an ice house, fish pond, beehives for honey, and grazing meadows for livestock. This house has been set up by its previous owners to be a self-sufficient home and also has a vegetable garden, orchard, and fruit garden. You can walk through the woodlands of the estate and spot wildlife and wild flowers.
Lots of visitors are attracted to Bovey Tracey as it acts as a great base to get out and explore the dramatic tors of Dartmoor. This national park is one of Devon’s treasures and covers 358 square miles. A great spot for adrenaline junkies, you can canoe, kayak, and climb at various points across the park or just enjoy a relaxed ramble across the moor and discover the perfect picnic spot.
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