Stover Country Park The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Stover Country Park The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

This superb poetry trail runs, roughly speaking, around the lake in Stover Country Park Local Nature Reserve. Nature poems by the Poet Laureate Ted Hughes are displayed on posts. Interspersed between the posts are other displays providing information on local birdlife, wildlife and history. On a sunny Autumn morning, this place is intoxicating.

The trail takes you through, or near, habitats including coniferous woodland, grassland, heathland, marshland, lakes and ponds and deciduous woodland. The views are exceptional. It's a top place to watch wildfowl. With a bit of luck, you'll see cormorants fishing and then drying open wings in the treetops.

Information boards within the Country Park state that the 'Ted Hughes Poetry Trail (2 miles) and Children's Trail takes in specially designed Poetry Posts each displaying a poem by Ted Hughes on a theme relating to wildlife of the natural world.'

Poems include:

Pike 
Fern
Cormorant
Dragonfly
Otter
Trees
The Lake
To Paint a Water Lily

We've positioned The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. To visit, click through to the Stover Country Park Local Nature Reserve listing for directions. There's plenty of parking by the visitor centre. The trail starts/ends nearby.

See also our listing for the Ted Hughes Memorial Stone.