A walk around Parke

Walking trail

This mostly level ramble takes you around the edge of historic parkland, giving you an insight into how a small country estate in the 1800s was able to be almost self-sufficient.


Map route for a walk around Parke


Parke car park, grid ref SX805786


Start by the National Trust ranger's office, which is behind Parke House, below the walled garden. Follow the track towards the River Bovey. When you reach the barn and yard on the left, go through the wooden gate on your right into the open parkland. Turn left and walk down between the hedge and the large oak tree to a small leat.

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Turn right at the leat and follow it for about 65yd (60m). This man-made waterway (a common feature on Dartmoor) originally powered the wool mill in Bovey Tracey and also fed the estate pond.

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Can you see the beehives? They should be in front of you. Bear right and follow the ditch which curves around to the left.

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Cross over a boggy area to get a glimpse of Parke House on your right and the fish pond on your left. The pond is now silted-up and overgrown, providing a great habitat for dragonflies, but would once have supplied protein-rich fish to the House. Continue in a south-westerly direction, following a wire fence on your left. The enclosed field is quite boggy, a good habitat for wild flowers such as orchids, water-dropworts and sedges.

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Continue around the parkland in a clockwise direction until you meet the main drive. Follow this and take the left fork towards the car park. Walk carefully though the car park and out of the gate in the far corner down a small lane.

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On your left you'll see an apple and damson orchard for making cider and preserves. Near the bottom of the lane, look through the wooden door into the walled garden. After you've taken a look, head back to the car park.

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We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscape.

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Parke car park, grid ref SX805786

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A walk around Parke


This is a circular route without any steep hills, but it can get a little muddy and boggy, especially after wet weather. Definitely bring wellies if you think its going to rain. Bring the dog too, but please keep on the lead around livestock.

A walk around Parke

Contact us

Telephone: 01626 834748

Email: parke@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/parke

A walk around Parke

How to get here

Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9JQ
By train

Newton Abbot, 6 miles (9.6km); Exeter St David’s, 16 miles (25.7km)

By road

2 miles (3.2km) north of A38, Exeter to Plymouth. Take A382 towards Bovey Tracey. At first small roundabout take 2nd exit. At second roundabout take 1st exit. Turn right into Parke Estate and follow signs to car park.

By bus

Devon Stagecoach 39, Exeter bus station to Newton Abbot, daily; Countrybus 271, Bovey Tracey to Widecombe, May to October, Saturdays only. 15 minute walk from bus stop in Bovey Tracey to Parke.

A walk around Parke

Facilities and access

  • Public toilets (not National Trust) behind Parke House
  • Café