Bovey Tracey is a delightful market town in Devon with ample parking on yellow lines along the high road and well kept pretty parks offer a delightful environment for young and old to relax and enjoy. Bovey Tracey has a few good restaurants, a couple of bars, some remaining pubs and a surprising number of independent coffee shops.
Bovey Tracey holds a range of delightful events throughout the year including a Summer Carnival in which a variety of trucks drive slowly through the town each decorated to resemble a theme with youngsters on board enjoying the attention and loud blaring music. Farmer’s markets are every other Saturday and each year a visiting French Market sets up to sell what is readily available in local delicatessens and Waitrose.
For many the Contemporary Craft Fayre is a highlight that attracts visitors from as far as Moretonhampstead and Newton Abbot.
Flower, fruit and vegetables are the focus of the Bovey Tracey Horticultural Society’s shows
Bovey Tracey is on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park – one of the UK’s largest National Parks.
Often referred to as the Gateway to the Moor (As so many other towns falsely claim to be) Bovey Tracey benefits from a superb surrounding landscape with a town centre that shares a delightful charm for both locals and visitors
A couple of miles up the hill onto Dartmoor is Haytor, a granite outcrop that can be seen for miles around and is a popular picnic spot shared with Dartmoor ponies, moo cows and sheepy sheep sheep.
The River Bovey that flows along the bottom edge of the town give the town half its name which is completed by adding Tracey form the de Tracey family who lorded it up in this region of Devon for more years than we can count. (Cows can’t count)
Bovey Tracey’s fascinating heritage can be discovered through documents, artefacts, photographs and objects at the Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre that occupies the old Bovey Tracey railway stations (now closed thanks to the shockingly poor judgement of Dr Beeching)
Interesting buildings both old (many listed) and new (ghastly sprawling housing developments on the outskirts of town) make Bovey Tracey the delightful Devon town it is today.