Devon Orienteering


Parke Estate

Permanent Orienteering Course

Info updated: 06th Mar

Leave the A38 at Drumbridges (Trago Mills turnoff) and take the A382 to Bovey Tracey. At the fire station roundabout turn left on the B3387 towards Haytor. Entrance on right in 200m.

Parke is a National Trust property on the Western outskirts of Bovey Tracey. The house is leased to the Dartmoor National Park Authority and is their Head Office. The house is not open to the general public for viewing. The NT Office is in a small courtyard to the rear of the property. The Start/Finish for the orienteering courses is beside the NT office.


Tel: 01626 834748

Entry Charges & Facilities

There is adequate parking in the joint NT/DNPA car park. There is a £2 charge for parking, except for NT members, who can park without charge. There are toilet facilities to the rear of the main house, and adjacent to the NT office. The house and its immediate environs are part of the DNPA lease and as such are Out of Bounds for orienteering purposes. The NT land extends along the River Bovey valley and is free to public access. 

Safety and Risk

Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety whilst using the course. Please see additional safety considerations for individuals and groups using permanent courses:

The River Bovey can be fast flowing and deep. Only cross the river at the bridges and take care on riverbank footpaths.

Please note that in wet weather the paths can be very muddy and in places are steep. Appropriate footwear and clothing is recommended.

If you intend to take a group orienteering, you are requested to contact the NT office prior to your visit to ensure there is not a clash with other planned activities.

Map Availability

Maps for this Permanent Course (and for others in Devon) may be downloaded from:

There is a small charge of £1.00 for each map you wish to download. 

National Trust (Parke) do not sell Map Packs as there is  not  a shop on site. Maps may be available from the Van in the car park and the Office (when open) for a donation towards printing. 


Course Controls Length
Difficulty Estimated
Time (mins)
White 9 1.2 Easy Access 30
Yellow 11 2.4 Introductory 45
Orange 11 3.2 Moderate 60
Red 16 4.0 Harder 75
Score 29     60

Lengths of courses shown are in straight lines between controls, and the estimate of time is for a group walking around. Both will vary depending on your route choice and ability.

Latest information

The map and courses have been updated November 2019. 

The permanent course is generally in very good condition but three plaques are faded, one of which is unreadable (June 3rd 2020). 


Control card
Group leaders information
Key to control codes
Advice for beginners


Nearest town: Bovey Tracey

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Parke POC map,

Parke POC map

Safety and Risk

Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety whilst using the course.