Ted Hughes Poetry Trail

The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail marker - photo by Lore Gubb

The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail has been created to celebrate his poetry and long-standing links with Devon. Visitors to the trail can read examples of Hughes’ finest poems relating to the natural world. These poems have been chosen with the help of Carol Hughes to relate to the wildlife to be seen and heard around the Country Park. The Park features sixteen specially designed ‘poetry posts’, each displaying a poem by Ted Hughes on a theme relating to the natural world.

There is also a short Children’s Poetry Trail which lets families share together some of Ted Hughes’ most memorable poems about the world of animals, some of which are illustrated by Raymond Briggs.

Allow up to two hours to complete the full poetry trail, or follow shorter circuits to suit.
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Map of the Poetry Trail


Main Trail Poems
1. Wren 9. Pike
2. The Warm and the Cold 10. Fern
3. An Otter (Part I) 11. The Harvest Moon
4. A Cormorant 12. Nightjar
5. To Paint A Water Lily 13. The Coming of the Iron Man (prose extract from The Iron Man)
6. Roe-deer 14. The Kingfisher
7. The Thought-Fox 15. Trees
8. Work and Play 16. The Lake

More information can be found in the leaflet below:

The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail was created by Devon County Council in 2006. The project has been supported by English Nature, the Big Lottery Fund and WBB Minerals.