Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Gateway town to the most popular section of Dartmoor National Park with easy access to Exeter and South Devon.

Located just off the A38 that skirts the eastern border of the National Park between Exeter and Plymouth, Bovey Tracey sits below Dartmoor's most iconic tors and famous moorland villages. It's a great base from which to walk and experience the moors around Haytor Rocks, Hound Tor (East Dartmoor) and Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Bovey Tracey is also situated by the A382 that leads to The English Riviera and South Devon so you can enjoy a holiday that combines moor and sea.

Last, if you fancy a few days in the city, Exeter is a short drive to the north east and Plymouth to the south west.


Why holiday or weekend break around Bovey Tracey?

To help you choose Bovey Tracey, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass

Visit The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and make a trip to the House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass. Both have cafes but there are plenty of pubs in and around town as well. Try The Cromwell Arms.


Parke Estate

Explore the National Trust's Parke Estate (National Trust) then relax at its Home Farm Cafe. Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Education and Visitor Centre is also located on the estate. The Wray Valley Trail in Dartmoor passes through its grounds.


Haytor Rocks

Walk to Haytor Rocks having learnt about the area in the Haytor National Park Visitor Centre. A little further away, explore Hound Tor (East Dartmoor).

The views from the quirky The Ten Commandments Stones are also stunning.


Widecombe-in-the-Moor and local pubs

Visit Widecombe-in-the-Moor and grab lunch in The Old Inn. Other pubs in the local area include The Rugglestone Inn and The Rock Inn.


Outdoor activities

Enjoy Dartmoor's fantastic outdoor activities.

Go bouldering at Hound Tor (East Dartmoor) or climbing at Haytor Rocks.

Ride a horse across the moors with Shilstone Rocks Horse Riding.

Wild swim the National Park's rivers. Spitchwick (Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick Common) is the most popular spot on Dartmoor but it gets very crowded in the holiday season and on hot weekends.

Road cycling and mountain biking are exceptionally popular. Just outside the National Park, try mountain biking or treesurfing at Haldon Forest Park. The Wray Valley Trail in Dartmoor is great between Bovey Tracey and the pretty village Lustleigh.

In season, try canoeing as well.

Follow the Templer Way from moor to sea.


Becky Falls and Canonteign Falls

Head out to Becky Falls Woodland Park and Canonteign Falls.


Dartmoor's prehistory

Discover Dartmoor National Park's internationally important prehistory. English Heritage's Grimspound (English Heritage) is essential visiting. Hurston Ridge/Chagford Common Stone Row is an impressive stone row.


Tottiford, Trenchford and Kennick Reservoirs

Walk around the stunning Tottiford Reservoir, Trenchford Reservoir and Kennick Reservoir.


East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve

Experience Yarner Wood which is within the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.

Walk to the top of Lustleigh Cleave for amazing views of the Park.


The English Riviera, South Devon, Exeter and Plymouth

Take day trips to The English Riviera, South Devon, Exeter and Plymouth.


Local towns and villages

For other 'gateway towns' try Moretonhampstead, Chagford and Ashburton.

For moorland villages we'd recommend Lustleigh, Manaton and Widecombe-in-the-Moor.