Bovey Tracey is a small, charming market town packed with pretty cob and Dartmoor granite buildings situated on the River Bovey. Not only is it one of the main gateway towns on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park, but also hosts a good mixture of shops and unique visitor attractions.
One of my favourite places to visit is the internationally renowned Devon Guild of Craftsmen, based in a 19th century water mill on the river. It is full of interesting and artistic pieces, as well as being a great place to eat.
Another equally popular attraction is the House of Marbles, well loved by both children and adults of all ages. The glass blowing and visitor centre is fascinating. In fact, I think a visit is overdue for my lovely grand-daughter and I. Like most children, Eliza loves marbles. I don’t know what it is about them, but they are very tactile, reasonably priced, and great fun to play with.
Even though it is not a huge town, Bovey Tracey has some fantastic boutique and individual shops. In addition, fresh local produce is available at the Farmer’s Market on alternate Saturday mornings. There is always something to buy at Bovey Tracey.
Furthermore, Wikipedia states: “Bovey Tracey was an established Saxon community and takes its name from the River Bovey. The name first appears in Domesday Book as Bovi and possibly earlier as Buui. The town gained its second name from the de Tracey family who were lords of the manor after the Norman Conquest, and was first documented as Bovitracy in 1309.”
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.