The moors and woodlands of the Bovey Valley on Dartmoor provided the beautiful autumn backdrop for the Bovey Beauty, a 10 mile fell race over tough and hilly terrain. Athletes came from all corners of Devon and as far as Stroud and Ilkley to compete in the race as its reputation for a challenging route in spectacular scenery spreads. Starting at the Woodland Trust’s Pullabrook Woods the runners climbed 560m through the ancient woodlands of Lustleigh Cleave to Hunter’s Tor. After taking in the expansive view the route took them back through the Natural England reserve, following the tricky, boulder strewn path before navigating open moorland and returning along woodland tracks to the start point.
This year the theme was habitat improvement for the Pearl Bordered Fritillary and the volunteers enjoyed a camp fire with hot chocolate. Next time you will be able to help another important part of the local ecosystem.
If you’d like to join the Bovey Beauty and race for nature, contact Dave Rickwood at the Woodland Trust by emailing DavidRickwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk . It’s fun for all ages and abilities and an excellent autumn day out.