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|Bovey Tracey and the Parke Estate|
|Author: Claire, Published: 08 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular trail from Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor, passing through the Parke Estate. The outward leg runs through a beautiful section of wild woodland alongside a picturesque section of the River Bovey and then climbs to return through fields and wild meadows and a short section of the disused railway. The area is very popular with dog walkers and there are plenty of opportunities for a paddle on a hot day. |
The walk follows woodland, riverside and meadow paths all of which can be quite muddy after periods of wet weather. The walk is relatively flat but has one steady long climb half way through. There are several kissing gates and two stiles, both of which have adjacent dog gates. There are public toilets both in the car park at the start and also within the Parke Estate, on the return leg. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Tourist Information Centre in Bovey Tracey and its adjacent pay and display car park on Station Road (B3344). Approximate post code TQ13 9AW.
|Bovey Tracey to Parke Estate|
Start point: 50.5911 lat, -3.6767 long
Leave the Station Road car park back to the road. Turn right for a few paces and then cross over the road via the zebra crossing. Turn right along the pavement, signed to Town Centre Shops. Just before the bridge over the river ahead, turn left onto the raised walkway running with the river on the right.
|Parke Estate to Weir|
Start point: 50.5946 lat, -3.6816 long
The Parke Estate is managed by the National Trust and is a 200 acre area of historic landscape including parkland, woodland glades, flower rich meadows and an old railway line. Major William Hole left the Parke Estate to the National Trust in 1974. The Georgian manor house is leased to the Dartmoor National Park Authority and is their headquarters.
|Weir to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 50.5986 lat, -3.6943 long
Swing right to continue following the path alongside the river. Eventually a pair of kissing gates ahead will lead you out of the National Trust estate. Veer slightly right and follow the mud path as it swings round left and then right to continue alongside the river once again.
|Railway Bridge to Meadows|
Start point: 50.6049 lat, -3.6982 long
Turn left signed for Lustleigh and Manaton and pass between the old railway bridge stone pillars. Continue straight ahead to cross over the river via Wilford Bridge. Follow the lane as it swings gradually left and then right, climbing up hill.
|Meadows to Parking Area|
Start point: 50.5979 lat, -3.6977 long
Pass through the centre of this long meadow and go through a wide wooden gate in the middle of the far boundary fence. Pass through the short section of woodland and out through another wooden gate.
|Parking Area to Disused Railway|
Start point: 50.5942 lat, -3.6896 long
Turn left immediately in front of the parking area and follow the stone track winding downhill. Turn right, signed Riverside Walks, down the steps in the complex of stone buildings. Keep left past the toilets and leave the courtyard out through the gate into a woodland area.
|Disused Railway to End|
Start point: 50.5976 lat, -3.6864 long
Turn right onto the disused railway track.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Great walk, muddy in places but very enjoyable. There's quite a steep incline after waypoint 3 - greater than 1 in 5 according to the OS map - but it's only a few hundred yards from the beginning to the stile.
|By BjornBP on 25 Feb 2014|
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