16 walkers met at Station Road Car Park for Helen’s Bovey to Lustleigh, circular walk on a bright sunny day which was thankfully not too hot.
There is much variety on this walk, firstly walking beside the River Bovey, then along the road leading to the pretty village of Lustleigh with its lovely thatched cottages. We then proceeded to walk through Higher Knowle Wood (the first of two sets of woods today) before making our way towards the main road at Slade Cross.
We stopped for lunch just before entering Shaptor Woods (the second set). Sadly no bluebells today – these woods are best seen in late April or early May when bluebells abound, but thanks to lockdown this could not be achieved this year.
We walked through Shaptor Woods (which took us around 40 minutes) in the welcome shade, many walkers commenting how beautiful the woods are. We then entered Bearacleve, which led us to the road high above Bovey Tracey. We descended down the narrow road going past the old Bovey Tracey Hospital and then took a left turn back into the town.
This was a long walk, hopefully enjoyed by all, but I must admit it was quite tiring!
Distance 9 miles.