• Local activities

The facilities in and around Bovey Tracey are perfect for wide variety of indoor and outdoor educational, recreational and social activities including a recently built skatepark, swimming pool, cycling routes and much, much more.

The Skatepark

Officially opened in 2015 is Bovey Tracey's new Skatepark.  This is a concrete skate park, very smooth and very safe with curved corners and a selection of ramps to suit everyone.  Come on down and give it a try.

To see video clips from local riders using the Skate park facilities please visit http://www.locosports.tv/channel/bovey-tracey-skatepark

Cycling in Bovey

Dartmoor Way Cycle Route

 The Dartmoor Way Cycle Route is a 95 mile-long circular route which winds its way around the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park, linking hamlets, villages and towns along its length.

This recreational route takes cyclists through the varying landscape surrounding the High Moor, visitingattractive and interesting locations which offer a wide choice of places to eat, drink and stay for the night. The well-signed Dartmoor Way Cycle Route follows quiet Devon lanes and minor roads,and uses traffic-free cycle tracks wherever possible.

In addition to the main circular route, there is a 27 mile-long High Moorland link. This allows you to follow a 'figure of eight' route, or alternatively enjoy either of the shorter north or south circular routes.

The Dartmoor Way offers many possibilities for a break away - from a day trip or weekend, to a full 5 - 7 day holiday. From winding, secret, Devon lanes, to airy moorland roads with panoramic views, this route has interest packed into every mile.

Cyclists will discover full days of pedalling, and wonderful places to stay a while, and explore.


Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey Cycle Route

This is approximately a 9 mile route that links the two South Devon towns of Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey. 

Bovey Tracey is one of the main gateway towns to Dartmoor and is home to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. The gallery has an exhibition space with themed shows throughout the year and a popular tea room and courtyard.

The historic old town of Newton Abbot is a bustling commercial centre and market town. The market operates every Wednesday and Saturday, with the adjacent Pannier indoor market hall opening six days a week.

Please note that this is not a Devon County Council maintained route. The traffic free sections are shared with walkers; cyclists should sound their bells when approaching other users and must give way to walkers.

This route is way marked with blue cycle way signs and also travels through Stover Country Park. Stover is owned and managed by Devon County Council and contains over 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh and a substantial variety of wildlife. There is also a wealth of historical interest.

See website for maps www.devon.gov.uk/boveytraceyleafletinside.pdf 

Wray Valley Trail

The Wray Valley Trail runs from Mill Marsh Park at Bovey Tracey along the dismantled railway line to the end of Parke Estate.  From there, a new section of the trail takes you to the edge of the popular Dartmoor village Lustleigh. The central section of the trail is being completed. At the northern end of the Wray Valley, the trail runs from Steward Wood to Moretonhampstead.

Between Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot, a new bridge was craned into position over the A38 by Stover Country Park in July 2015 and follows what is called Stover Way to Newton Abbot.

The Swimming Pool

Bovey Tracey Swimming Pool is a 25 metre "open air" heated pool. There is also a Toddler Pool which is maintained at a constant 85 degrees Fahrenheit (~29C).  The pool is open from about Easter until early September - see the website for more details.

We have separate male and female changing facilities with baby changing tables and hot showers powered by solar panels.

We also have a family/disabled changing room with shower facilities.

We are able to provide a disabled chair hoist on request to assist entry and exit from the pool.

We have a well-stocked kiosk selling crisps, snacks, ice-creams and drinks to be enjoyed on our spectator terrace or in the adjoining park after your swim. We also stock swimming goggles, armbands and swimming nappies.

How Do I Get There?

 From the A38

Leave the A38 at the Drum Bridges roundabout and head towards Bovey Tracey on the A382. Take the third exit at the roundabout just beyond the Texaco fuel station. Continue along Newton Road for approximately half a mile and turn left into Ashburton Road at the church. The pool entrance is on the left after approximately 350 yards.

From Bovey Tracey

Turn onto Newton Road opposite the Dolphin Hotel. After approximately a quarter of a mile turn right by the church onto Ashburton Road. The pool entrance is on the left after approximately 350 yards.

There is some parking within the recreation ground, the entrance to which is on Newton Road.

Recreation Ground, Newton Road, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon. TQ13 9BD

01626 832828


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Play Areas, Trim Trail and Tree Trail

Mill Marsh Park Park and the Recreation Ground, Bovey Tracey, both provide an opportunity to enjoy formal playing fields and substantial children's play areas.  Other popular amenities include a Skatepark, cycle trails, river walks with a trim trail incorporated into it.

In October 2021, new Tree Trails were developed (Adults and Children) - please download a Trail Leaflet from this page and enjoy! 

All seating, litter bins and Dog Waste bins within Mill Marsh Park and the Recreation Ground are the responsibility of Bovey Tracey Town Council.  If you need to report a problem in these areas, please contact Bovey Tracey Town Council on 01626 834217.

Additional downloads

  1. PDF Document

    Striding Out - Walks around Bovey Tracey

    Added: 02 December 2015
    Filesize: 4.27MB

    Six walks to enjoy from the town’s main car park

  2. PDF Document

    Children Tree Trail Leaflet

    Added: 06 October 2021
    Filesize: 6.15MB

  3. PDF Document

    Adult Tree Trail Leaflet

    Added: 05 October 2021
    Filesize: 7.59MB