Things to do in Okehampton
Okehampton is renowned for being the walking centre of Devon and being on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, there are plenty of opportunities for getting out and about and enjoying the various walking trails, cycle routes and orienteering sessions that are on offer across Dartmoor.
If you’re the kind of person that loves being active, Okehampton is the perfect destination. The Two Castle Trail and the West Devon Way are two of the most popular routes and the northern part of the town gives you direct access to the National Park, at this end of the town you’ll also find bikes for hire and the chance to book sessions with rock climbers, guides and other outdoor activities. You’ll also find horse riding sessions on offer here for both beginners and more advanced riders.
From the town centre you can easily access the Two Castles Trail, Tarka Trail, Granite Way and the West Devon Way. For those of you who are new to the area, be sure to check out the guided walks and in the summer, there is the chance to do a spot of wild swimming.
Okehampton is in a pretty location and one of the most picturesque views can be found at Okehampton Castle which was mentioned in the Domesday Book and at one time was the largest castle in the county. Though ruins now, the castle has some lovely walks around the grounds and the river.
It isn’t just a haven for walkers, Okehampton has a good selection of independent shops, pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and cafes and lots of pretty places for resting with a picnic.
The town is also home to a golf course, museum, swimming pool and Simmons Park, plus there are a number of National Trust properties nearby which are always worth a visit.