Bovey Tracey Area
Bovey Tracey derives its name from the river Bovey which flows through its centre. The "Tracey" was added from William de Tracey, Lord of the Manor in the 13th Century. The Parish Church is said to have been re-built by Sir William de Tracey as penance for his part in the murder of Thomas a Becket in 1170. Bovey is a pleasant old-fashioned country town - really not much larger than a village. with a selection of small shops, tearooms and three banks (Lloyds, HSBC and Natwest). There is a large car park with an information centre.
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Waterfalls - Nature Trails - Pets Gardens - 50 acres of woodland - restaurant and tearooms etc. Best to go when there has been a lot of rain to see the Waterfall at its best.
Open every day from April to November. Well sign posted, 4 miles west of Bovey Tracey.
Tel : (01647) 221259
Click here for Becky Falls website
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Housed in the Riverside Mill just over the bridge into Bovey Tracey, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen is one of the most prestigious craft organisations in the Country. They have exhibitions and displays of ceramics, textiles, woodwork, jewellery, etc. by highly skilled westcountry craftsmen. Tea and Light Lunches are also available.
Tel : (01626) 832223
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House of Marbles
The old Bovey Pottery site has been sympathetically restored to create a working glass and games factory where you can watch glass blowing and pottery work. Some of the glass on display is stunning. There is a shop, museum, and a restaurant. The unusual range of games and toys includes probably the largest selection of marbles in the world. They have fascinating marble runs on the walls.
Tel : (01626) 835285
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This is the Headquarters of the Dartmoor National Park Authority. It is located down the road towards Bovey Tracey and has some lovely parkland and riverside walks. The walk up beside the river on the track of where the old Railway line used to go is quite protected in windy or inclement weather. There is also a beautiful Woodland Walk signed from the main house.
Tel : (01626) 832093
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This is ancient woodland cared for by the Nature Conservancy Council. There is car parking available, and signed walks and information boards about the flora and fauna along the way. There is a visitor centre and hides from which you can watch the birds.
Dogs have to be kept on a lead.
Click here for more information on Yarner Wood