Parke (Bovey Tracy), Lustleigh and the Bovey River
Meet: Newton Poppleford Recreation Ground (OS 115, SY 088 899) at 9.00am to share cars or meet at the start point.
Start: Parke (National Trust) CP (OS 110, SX 805 784 (Parke Entrance) / TQ13 9JQ), 7 miles.
NT Membership cards will be required for free parking.
The walk commences with a ‘walk thru the park’ followed by a steady climb to Higher Knowle Wood and a coffee stop. A shortish down hill segment will then bring us to the pristine cottages of Wrayland and Lustleigh where refreshments at a tea shop or The Cleave might be available. However a picnic may be the safer option.
The next stage will take us past the May Queen’s Chair to commence the return journey via Pethybridge and into Hisley Woods. The homeward stretch to Parke is steady down hill through the length of Hisley Wood and ultimately alongside the River Bovey. On reaching Parke we join the old railway track for a short walk through the Grounds to Home Farm Café for tea and a bun!
Walk Leaders: Paula & Mike Paddison, 01395 446550