We will take a short stroll around the garden, walk through the woodlands and along the river to the medieval weir. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for a myriad of wildlife and a host of wild flowers.
Home Farm Café (not National Trust) offers local seasonal produce and food, made with love.
This award winning café and restaurant is located within a pretty courtyard, offering visitors to Parke a truly lovely pit-stop during their walk.
This charming café prides itself on Dartmoor produce and proper home cooking. Scones, cakes and pasties are baked each morning on the premises, with the chefs turning their skills to a delicious specials menu over lunch.
We’ve recently introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone
A peaceful retreat set within the beautiful Devon countryside
There’s something for everyone at Parke, found on the outskirts of the small market town of Bovey Tracey, gateway to mystical Dartmoor.
This compact estate was once the home of a wealthy local family and probably enabled them to be self-sufficient for all their day-to-day needs with
a vegetable garden, fruit garden and orchard
cold house, fish pond, grazing meadows for livestock and beehives for honey
and gardens to wander in for spiritual refreshment.
The car park is open and free for National Trust members or £2 for 3 hours and £4 for all day. Please note that our car park is small so spaces are limited. Spaces are not suitable for large motorhomes or trailers
The toilets are open
Whatever the time of the year though, please wear suitable footwear as the ground is uneven and you will come across tree roots and sometimes wet and slippery areas.
A little bit of history
The River Bovey runs through Parke and was an important source of water to power Bovey Tracey’s historic mills sited downstream.
There was a mill in Bovey Tracey at the time of the Domesday survey completed in 1086 and by 1353, there were three. A watercourse called a leat was dug to provide water to these town mills and the water flow was controlled by the use of a sluice gate at the head of the leat. The start of the leat can still be seen at the junction of the weir about half a kilometre up-stream from Parke House.
The 1353 record also describes a fishery on the River Bovey. This fishery might well have been by the weir, as weirs are known to have been used in this way. However, at some stage, the leat was also used to fill a lake, or possibly medieval fishponds, in front of Parke House.
The earliest map showing the leat is dated 1641. Today you can still follow the leat from the weir into the lower end of Bovey Tracey, where the mills were sited near The Dolphin Hotel. The leat then returns the water to the river at Bovey Bridge.
In the 1920s the owner of Parke, Major Hole, was concerned about aspects of the water in his leat being used to develop Bovey Tracey’s electricity supply. According to correspondence, an inspector from the Dartmoor Electricity Supply Company Ltd was impeded from checking the leat on 9 November 1922 because Major Hole had arranged a shooting party on the estate. Following further correspondence until agreement was reached, the leat was used to benefit the townspeople once again.
Non-members are welcome to book this event and give Pi Society a try!
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Whatever your level of membership – Diamond, Ruby, Social Plus or Social – you will be exclusively invited to the following events:
- Monthly Pi Singles Evenings
- Food and Drink Masterclasses
- Mid-Week Cheeky Supper Nights
- Book Club Nights hosted by authors
- Pi Comedy Nights
- Special Pi Guided Walks/lunches
- Special Pi Activities, including the PROMS, theatre breaks
- Singles Running Club
- Singles Cycling Club
- Singles Golf days
- Long weekends away
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