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Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:07

Park and Ride and rub shoulders with the professionals!

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Park and Ride and rub shoulders with Team Sky and Team Dimension Data!

On September 9th, the Tour of Britain professional cycle race visits Devon when riders, from 21 teams (including, subject to last minute changes,  Dimension Data, Sky and Team Wiggins), leave Sidmouth on stage 6 of the race to cycle the 150 Km to a mountain finish at Haytor, in a repeat of the Haytor summit finish which was a highlight of the 2013 event.

We are delighted to have been invited again to be part of the event and will be running a ‘Parke and Ride’ facility from Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, to the Moorlands House Hotel at Haytor, with all proceeds going to team funds.

B3387 Road closure

The main B3387 from Station Road roundabout (known locally as the Jenga roundabout) to Hemsworthy Gate will be closed to vehicles, apart from local access, cycles and Park and Ride buses from 05:00 on Friday 9th September until 19:30 on Friday 9th September. A Clearway (No Parking, Stopping or Unloading) will be in place along the same stretch of road from 21:00 on Thursday 8th September until 19:30 on Friday 9th September. Details on how you can ‘park and ride’ and see what promises to be an exciting finish to the day’s racing are below.

Bovey Tracey Mill Marsh Park ‘Park and Ride’  TQ13 9FF (cash only, parking for approximately 400 cars)

The Bovey Tracey ‘Park and Ride’ car park is at Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, and opens at 08:00 on the 9th September, first bus 09:00. The entrance to the Park and Ride will be via St John’s Lane off Station Road. Use the postcode TQ13 9FF for satnavs. The P&R coaches will accept pushchairs and wheelchairs but they will be need to be collapsed and stowed in the coach luggage area. Provision for spectators with impaired mobility We are afraid that dogs are not permitted on the P&R coaches other than Assistance Dogs. We apologise should this inconvenience anybody. Please check the Devon County Council website for further provision for spectators with impaired mobility Prebooking is essential. (P&R entrance Grid ref SX 811-783) 

There is no overflow car park so once its full, its full!  The cost is a minimum donation of £10 per car, £20 for minibuses and we are sorry it will be cash only as we can't accept cheques or credit / debit cards . You are then able to take a bus to the finish or cycle your own bike. Your donation will be put to good use. All proceeds will go towards keeping our Landrover ambulance and control vehicle on the road and continuing our program of equipment maintenance, medical equipment renewal which is vital to us continuing to provide our free search and rescue service to the public on Dartmoor and across Devon.

The Park and Ride opens at 08:00 with the first bus leaving at 09:00. The last bus to the Moorlands House Hotel before the race will be approximately 13:15. PLEASE REMEMBER - Don't leave your bus ride to the top to the last minute. Once the road to the top closes, we will be unable to run any further buses. If the last bus is full, we will not be able to get you to the top.  Return trips to Bovey Tracey will commence once race organiser’s have given the OK after the event finish. The last bus back will be approximately 19:00. All the above times are subject to change so check the official Tour of Britain website and Twitterfeed  for all the latest news

For people parking in Bovey Tracey and requiring a return bus ticket only, the cost will be a minimum donation of £3 return.

At the Haytor Finish

The bus stop at the finish which will be outside the Moorlands House Hotel, Haytor, TQ13 9XT. (Grid ref SX 767-773). It is approximately a 1km walk from the bus stop to the finish line at the Haytor upper car park. (Grid ref SX 759-767). There are a limited number of parking places available for the disabled at the P&R but it should be noted that the bus drop off point will be 1Km from the stage finish line. There is additional prebooked disabled access and parking provision at the finish area provided by the event organisers. Please check the following website for details.

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We urge you to arrive in good time as the event organisers are expecting a large number of cycling fans to attend. A second Park and Ride scheme will be in operation on the day from Holwell Down. Further details, plus all the latest news, full event and stage details,  go to the Devon Tour of Britain website:  

Why not visit Bovey Tracey as part of your day out?

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Whether coming for just the day or staying in the area around the time of the Tour, there are a whole host of places to stay, sites to see or things to do for friends and family. For further information visit, please visit  If using the park and ride facility from Bovey Tracey, why not allow yourself a little extra time to explore the shops and services within the wonderful town of Bovey, which is just a few minutes stroll from leaving the Park and Ride.

Travel, camping and food.

All travel, camping and food information is available on the official website  

 Social Media feeds

Dartmoor National Park Authority Tour of Britain information: Event website: Official Twitterfeed for the SW Tour of Britain in Devon.Tweets by @SWTourofBritain  (for all traffic, travel and event updates). Keep up with Tour of Britain Tweets about “#tob2016”  

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