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Bovey Tracey

Fortnightly Produce Market  held in Union SquraeAn image of part of the arch of the old prioryView of The Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Thomas of Canterbury, Bovey TraceyChurch of St John the Evangelist

Bovey Tracey is one of the main entrance  towns to Dartmoor, with a number of visitor attractions good Pubs some Fine restaurants and a  mixture of shops. A pretty cob and Dartmoor - granite built town centre, situated on the River Bovey.

Other local attractions include the House of Marbles glass blowing and visitor centre. Many fine walks extend from Bovey and include the National Parks office at Parke where you can wander through the grounds of this Fine Dartmoor House.

On alternate Saturday mornings, the Bovey Tracey's Farmers Market sells local Dartmoor produce.

Bovey can boast a closeness to the heart of Dartmoor and its spectacular views. Bovey itself is a small town with beautifully preserved original buildings of various dates, on display throughout.

The History Bit

East Street, thought to be Front House Lodge. The Royalists evaded capture by using the old trick of throwing coins out of the windows for the poorly paid Cromwellian troops to fight over myth or not? Whilst they escaped by the back door and fled the town to Heathfield. The Battle of Bovey Heath was fought the following day with Cromwell’s army winning 400 horses and capturing seven regimental colours.

Following its part in the battle, a section of Bovey Heath is now a site of a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a number of important artifacts from the battle have been found over the years.

The area is at the edge of the Bovey Basin, famous for its excavation  of valuable clays, the town’s pottery industry was established in the c.1750’s.

In 1820 George Templar, to connect the granite quarries at Haytor and the Stover Canal at Teigngrace, built an 8-mile granite tramway, which has to be seen. This was to transport granite down to the River Teign, and the coast. The present day Templar Way Trail follows much of the original route, from moor to sea.

The old market cross stands close to the Bovey Tracey Town Hall and is now a carefully restored War Memorial.

The railway from Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey was built in 1866 and sadly the last train ran through the station on 2nd March 1959. The station building is home to the Town’s Heritage Trust.

During the English Civil War on 9 January 1646, Oliver Cromwell and a contingent of his Roundhead army entered Bovey Tracey after dark and caught part of Lord Wentworth's Regiment by surprise, catching a number of officers playing cards in an inn. Many of Wentworth's Royalist troops escaped, but Cromwell did capture about 400 horses. If local legend is to be believed, the Royalists escaped by throwing coins from the windows in order to distract the poorly paid Roundhead troops. The next day a battle was fought on nearby Bovey Heath ending in victory for Cromwell's army. The name of Cromwell lives on in Bovey Tracey today in the public house "The Cromwell Arms”.

Activities

Bovey Tracey has activities to suit all ages and interests: its Outdoor Swimming Pool, churches, tea rooms and shops provide an all-day experience for children and adults alike. Nearby are many spots for excellent walking on Dartmoor, and Bovey Tracey is not far from picturesque locations like Hay tor and Becky falls (voted top beauty spot in Devon). Bovey Tracey also has its own Cricket club and an annual craft fair as well as a farmer's market on alternate saturdays.
 
Bovey is also the start of the annual Dartmoor Devil Bicycle Ride - but even those who are not competitive can enjoy the magnificent views that are to be seen by cycling from Bovey to one of the local villages (and the local pubs along the way, too!)

Bovey Tracey has a large craft centre with frequent exhibitions and goods on sale.

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