River Bovey, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

River Bovey, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

The Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map has the East Bovey Head near Birch Tor, Hookney Tor and English Heritage's Grimspound. The Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map has the Boveycombe Head below Water Hill by the Warren House Inn. Both potential headwaters are near the B3212 trans-moorland road.

From the high moor, the River Bovey arcs towards the luxury hotel Bovey Castle and then skirts the pretty village North Bovey on its way to the mouth of the Bovey Valley at Foxworthy. It passes under Foxworthy Bridge at the bottom of the glorious Lustleigh Cleave. Hunter's Tor is high above on Lustleigh Cleave's broad ridge.

From Foxworthy, the River Bovey runs to Horsham Steps and then Clam Bridge before entering the Bovey Valley Woodlands. Hisley Wood is north of the water. Houndtor Wood is south. The river comes to the much photographed Hisley Bridge and curves past Pullbrook Wood to a large car parking area at Drakeford Brdge. It briefly runs parallel to the Wray Valley Trail and enters the National Trust's Parke Estate.

South east of Parke Estate, it passed under the A382 into Bovey Tracey.

Beyond the border of Dartmoor National Park, it flows into the River Teign. The combined river runs to the Teign Estuary and Teignmouth on the South Devon coast.

Walking by the River Bovey.

We'd recommend walking along the banks of the River Bovey in the Bovey Valley. Try Clam Bridge to Hisley Bridge on the south bank and then Hisley Bridge to Drakeford Bridge on the north. The path on the north bank of the river in Parke Estate is also superb.

For beauty spots, try Horsham Steps and Hisley Bridge in the Bovey Valley.