Our love for the beautiful Parke is well known – it’s an absolutely fabulous place for a walk, a paddle and a lovely treat afterwards in the yummy Home Farm Café. You can read more about our adventures there here.
However, I’ve often wondered how best to get to the old railway track that runs behind Parke, without having to manoeuvre bikes or buggies over the steps and stiles that get you there from Parke’s main car park. This track is flat and traffic free and a great play to get children confident on bikes without any risks around. It’s also fab for pushchairs and manageable with wheelchairs too.
It is possible to park in the centre of Bovey Tracey in their pay and display car park next to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Riverside Mill. You hen cross the road at the pedestrian crossing to follow the slope into Mill Marsh Park. Here there is a great green space for running around and ball games, a lovely children’s play area and a large skate park.
The River Bovey runs alongside the park and there are lots of access points for a paddle and a play, as well as benches that provide a good spot for a snack.
As you follow the path, you are taken underneath the road (subway closed when river levels rise) and into Parke on the other side. Here you can see a map showing the way to Parke’s main facilities.
The old railway line runs for some way to the edge of Parke’s boundary and is a good length for a family walk or for children to feel they’ve been somewhere on their bikes.