Bovey Tracey (pronounced 'Buvvy') is known as 'The Gateway to the Moor' because of it's close proximity to Dartmoor National Park. Situated about 5 miles from the market town of Newton Abbot, it got its name from the river Bovey that runs through the town. Originally a Saxon community, it got its second name after the Norman conquest by the De Tracey family who were 'lords of the manor'. William De Tracey is the most famous, as he was one of the Knights that murdered Thomas Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. It is said that he was made to build the original Parish Church as penance for the murder.
The old De Tracey's Parke Estate is home to a 19th Century Mansion, left to The National Trust and is now Dartmoor National Park Authority HQ.
They have a farmers market every fortnight in Union Square, having a variety of local produce. They sell some yummy homemade cakes as well as meat, eggs etc.
There are quite an array of pubs, 7 until recently, unfortunately The Old Thatched Inn burnt down in July.
The Cromwell Arms named after Oliver Cromwell, there was a battle during the English Civil War on Bovey Heath in which Cromwell's army won.
The Riverside Inn offers accomodation and restaurant, the food here is very tasty and at very good prices.
The internationally renowned Devon Guild of Craftsmen, based in a 19th century water mill on the river sells paintings, prints, jewellery textiles plus alot more. Some at reasonable prices but some at quite high prices.
The Bovey Tea Rooms sell the tastiest Devon Cream Teas I have ever tasted.
Becky Falls is a local attraction, with its huge oak canopy, rugged landscape, granite boulders and waterfalls provides some of the most scenic and enjoyable walks in the south west. There are rescued birds of prey, owls, petting animals and pony rides. Nature trail competitions for children, 'Becky' box hunts, wildlife discovery trails and education packs.
The House of Marbles is a working glass and games factory set in an historic pottery. There is a viewing platform where you can watch the glass blowing craftsmen at work. There is a gift shop, cafe and liscenced restaurant.
Bovey Carnival is well known in this area (although I've never seen the procession itself) all the children go home and it pretty much turns into a big street party for the adults. The one main street, home to the 6 pubs is full of revellers enjoying themselves. It really is a good night!
Bovey Tracey was in the news earlier this year, when Pete Tong on Radio 1 in a shout-out item on his show, in which he quoted: "We're getting ready for a huge mansion party - 500 plus people going - it's in Bovey Tracey in Devon tipping us off on that, anyone who's listening can come along, apparently, just say 'hi' to Marilyn Monroe on the door". 2,000 people then gategrashed the party at a grade II listed mansion.
Bovey Tracey is a lovely place, with plenty to see and do and always worth a visit if you are in the area, or there are plenty of places to stay, making this an ideal base for any holiday.