These days, Okehampton is known as the walking centre of Devon, visitors can discover the wild side of Dartmoor or walk along the Two Castle Trail or the West Devon Way down to Plymouth. Two of Dartmoor’s highest hills can be easily reached from the town. The National Park is easily accessible from the town and surrounding villages. The northern part of the town will give you direct access to the wild side of the moor, which is fantastic for walking, cycling and riding. Bikes are available for hire from a number of organisations in the town.
Okehampton can be found on the edge of Dartmoor in West Devon.
Historical Mid Devon
A highlight of the town is the picturesque Okehampton Castle, which dates back to the Domesday Book and was at one time, the largest castle in Devon. There are some wonderful woodland walks around the castle grounds and along the West Okement River.
There are also several National Trust properties nearby, making Okehampton a great place to stay if you want to explore. Finch Foundry, Lydford Gorge and Castle Drogo are all nearby and are great places to visit.
Head to the town centre to find easy access to the Two Castles Trail, Tarka Trail, Granite Way and the West Devon Way to Plymouth. There are guided walks from and around the town and there is the chance to do wild swimming in the rivers.
For anyone who wants to explore the town rather than the outskirts, Okehampton is home to a golf course, museum, gym, swimming pool and Simmons Park, which can be found in the centre of town and is extremely beautiful.
Okehampton has a great selection of pubs, cafes, tea rooms and restaurants. You’ll find delicious home-made, locally produced, seasonal ingredients. The local supermarkets also have bakeries and health shops so you can create your own picnic to take on walks and cycle trails with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I visit Okehampton by train?
Yes, Okehampton is on the Dartmoor Line and is serviced by GWR. It is a 20 minute walk from the station into town.
The station features some step free access, and has a Pay and Display car park.Book tickets or plan your journey here