Bovey Valley Woodlands, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Bovey Valley Woodlands, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Bovey Valley Woodlands, or Bovey Valley Woods, is a collective term for three woods that sit at the lower end of the Bovey Valley. These woods are Pullabrook Wood (Pullbrook on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map), Hisley Wood and Houndtor Wood. The woods are part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.* These woods rise into Lustleigh Cleave and other lesser known cleaves at the upper end of the Bovey Valley.

We've positioned Bovey Valley Woodlands on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. To visit for the first time, it's perhaps best to start from the spacious car parking area by Drakeford Bridge.

From Lustleigh, you can drop down into Hisley Wood from Heaven's Gate by Pethybridge.

From Manaton, Freedland and Water, follow Manaton Old Road through Houndtor Wood to Hisley Bridge. It's also fun to walk down to Clam Bridge and to pick your way along the south bank of the River Bovey to Hisely Bridge.

You can walk in from the car parking area and viewpoint on the Bovey Tracey to Manaton road above Pullabrook Wood as marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map.

If you're feeling energetic, we'd really recommend trying the Bovey Valley Circular Walk that incorporates the Bovey Valley Woodlands. If that's too long, try the Lustleigh Cleave, Hunter's Tor and Bovey Valley Woodlands Circular Walk.

* A Woodland Trust information board at one of the entrance points to Pullabrook states: 'Bovey Valley Woods is made up of Pullabrook, Hisley and Houndtor Woods, producing one of the most extensive areas of accessible woodland on the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve'. Natural England's information leaflets, available from the Yarner Wood Reserve Base, show maps omitting Pullabrook and other sections of the woods. On the ground, it makes no difference to your exploring the area.

Note that the Woodland Trust information board reads: 'Bovey Valley was once a mosaic of woodland and small medieval farmsteads. Today it is home to breathtaking ancient woodland, the sheltered River Bovey and wild open moorland. Conifer trees were planted in some areas in the 1960s, a process now being slowly reversed by the Woodland Trust to re-establish flourishing native woodland'.