The jury is out on just how you should pronounce ‘Bovey’ (Buvvy, Bowvy or Bovvy), but the old market town of Bovey Tracey has several notable reasons to visit it. Situated on the southern edge of Dartmoor, the town is well known for its array of craft related elements, and with a good stock of shops, accommodations, and places to eat at, visitors will be pleased if this is their chosen destination for a daytrip or longer.
With the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, a contemporary craft organisation that has exhibitions and demonstrations, a Museum of Craftsmanship, a study centre and a shop, and the Southwest’s largest craft festival, the award winning Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey can be held in high esteem as a centre for arts and crafts. As if it needs any more to shout about, Bovey Tracey is the perfect place from which to explore the southern half of Dartmoor – a ten minute drive uphill brings you to Haytor, Dartmoor’s most famous tor, and a place from which you get a fabulous view of Dartmoor, and in the other direction, the coast. On Bovey Tracey’s doorstep there’s the National Trust estate of Parke, where beautiful woodland walks await, and in and around the town are two unique attractions, The House of Marbles, and The Dartmoor Whisky Distillery (the only one in Devon, although a second whisky distillery is being built at nearby Princetown, in the heart of Dartmoor).