Bovey Tracey on the eastern edge of Dartmoor is one of the National Park’s most popular gateway towns, and a Fairtrade market town with an information centre in the Station Road car park where you can pick up Dartmoor guides and maps. A Heritage Centre is also in the town, housed in the Old Railway Station. A wide choice of accommodation is available in this popular Dartmoor gateway including elegant country house hotels, historic coaching house hotels, heritage inns with rooms, caravan and campsites and a beautiful selection of cottages.
Riverside Bovey Tracey is an attractive cob and Dartmoor granite built town with an excellent range of craft shops, restaurants and unusual attractions. It is also the site of the internationally acclaimed Devon Guild of Craftsman centred within a 19th century water mill along the river Bovey. The town has a delightful open air swimming pool with sun terrace open from late April across the summer season and Bovey Tracey Golf Club beautifully situated in the Wray Valley on the edge of Dartmoor has a charming 9 hole course, a pitch & putt course great for families and an onsite cafe. Visitors are warmly welcomed.
Parklands, Nature Reserves & Attractions
Just 1 mile from Bovey Tracey sits the peaceful retreat of Parke (National Trust), a historic parkland estate with a vegetable and fruit garden, an orchard and beautiful wider gardens to explore before heading off into open moorland and the rugged crags of Dartmoor beyond, including Haytor. The East Dartmoor Woods and Heaths National Nature Reserve also surrounds Bovey Tracey, consisting of three adjacent reserves – Bovey Valley Woodlands, Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down. All three feature beautiful walks, and in Yarner Wood you can follow a stunning woodland walking trail taking in western oakwood of great international importance. Trendlebere Down is also an rare area of lowland heathland. Some of Dartmoor’s most famous beauty spots are just a stone’s throw from Bovey Tracey like Canonteign Falls, England’s highest waterfall with surrounding family friendly country park, situated just north of the town.
A tourism event award-winner, The Contemporary Craft Fair takes place every summer in Bovey Tracey, with textiles, jewellery and metalwork exhibitions and workshops along with a host of family entertainment and activities including a children’s craft tent. Bovey Tracey attractions include the mesmerizing House of Marbles with visitor centre and onsite glass and games factory offering a fascinating insight into how glass marbles and a quirky range of traditional board games, puzzles and toys are made. The attraction has a cluster of museums, gift and glass shops, a restaurant and coffee shop and a collection of marble runs.