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Yarner, its woods and the Yarrow Copper Mine (History Section)

Wed. 18 May 2022

£2 – £9

A morning talk and an afternoon guided walk, either or both of which can be booked separately.

At 11 am historian Dr Frances Billinge will give a talk entitled “The History of Yarner, Bovey Tracey: Once a medieval hunting lodge owned by Kings – now its woods are a National Nature Reserve”.

The talk will be held in the Council Chamber of the newly built Riverside Community Centre in Bovey Tracey, TQ 13 9AW. The Centre is adjacent to the main car park and is on the route of the 39 Bus (Exeter-Newton Abbot-Exeter).

Booking for the talk is essential – tickets £3 (DA members) £5 (non-members). Details below.

At 2 pm there will be a visit to the Yarrow Copper Mine located in the Yarner Wood Nature Reserve, guided by Albert Knott (Natural England). Two shafts operated here between 1857 and 1865 producing some 2,300 tons of copper ore. The remains of the engine house can be seen.

Mr Knott will welcome the party and talk about the site and the work of Natural England at the East Dartmoor Nature Reserve. Please note that the walk is on uneven tracks and the area is hilly, so well-treaded footwear is recommended. The mine is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Driving directions will be provided to those who have booked and car sharing might be possible for those visiting Bovey Tracey on public transport (please enquire when booking).

Booking for the field trip is essential – tickets £2 (DA members) £4 (non-members). Details below.

How to book

Please send an email to dahistory@outlook.com or leave a message on 07769 335506 to request a place or places at the MORNING (talk), AFTERNOON (visit) or BOTH SESSIONS (talk and visit).

Places on the afternoon visit are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Payment information will be given when places are confirmed.


Wed. 18 May 2022
£2 – £9
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History Section (Ian Varndell)