On Saturday night we discovered there was “Moor than meets the eye” to a riverside walk on the way out of Bovey Tracey.
Over 600 people joined us by lantern light to walk along a short section of the old Moretonhampstead to Newton Abbott railway line, which is now a multi use path linking Bovey the National Trusts Parke estate. We followed the route of the old track lined with twinkling candle light to a night garden lit with shadow pictures inspired by the railway, the Victorians and the wildlife heritage of the Bovey Valley. It was a fantastic night- we were lucky to get the only dry day of the week.
The night was the culmination of a month long project working with local schools, the Bovey Heritage Centre and storyteller Sara Hurley to uncover a glimpse of the Victorians who built the railway almost 150 years ago. Children from Bovey Tracey Primary School, Moretonhampstead Primary School and Blackpool Cof E Primary School all helped create artwork such as tissue lanterns, shadow story screens and lantern bags to bring the past to life for one night.