Okehampton is a town in West Devon situated at the northern edge of Dartmoor and has a population of around 7,200. The oldest building is the castle which dates back to the Domesday Book. Okehampton Castle was once the largest castle in Devon, and sits in an outstandingly picturesque setting on a wooded spur above the rushing West Okement River. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin which is now owned by English Heritage.
The coming of the railway in 1870’s made a big difference to the town with a lot of new houses being built near the station. The military training camp on Dartmoor has made a big impact on the wealth of the town as well. In the 21st century changes are still taking place with more new housing being built and possibly a return to a daily rail service to Exeter.
Today known as the walking centre of Devon, visitors can discover the wild side of Dartmoor or walk along the Two Castles Trail or the West Devon Way to Plymouth. To the north of the town are Dartmoor's two highest hills, in fact the highest peaks in south west England. There are often guided walks taking place to learn about Okehampton and the area. There are walks of all lengths from this market town. If you do not want to walk you can take your bike or one hire one and ride the Granite Way or along the quiet lanes. Then there is wild swimming or you could play golf or just enjoy Simmons Park, a playful area beside the river or visit the museum to learn more about the town and Dartmoor.
By Paul Rendell
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A celebration of the Countryside: landscape, animals and rural subjects, as seen through the eyes of many of Devon’s most creative artists and craftspeople (and some from further afield).
Whiddon Down, Okehampton
The Post Inn, a traditional 16th century village inn and pub is situated just off the A30 at Whiddon Down, Devon, 20 miles from Exeter and 7 miles from Okehampton.
Exhibition Rooms & Shop in elegant Victorian premises in centre-of-town location, not far from the Town car park and Roger Dean’s much admired ‘Sheep’ sculpture.
Brent Tor is one of the most impressive rock outcrops on Dartmoor. It is unusual as it is one of the few tors on Dartmoor not to be made of granite. With St Michael’s Church at its top, it makes a distinctive and famous silhouette.
On 26th July 2010 the community shop, orchestrated by volunteers, opened to the public. Take a look at what we sell ...
A lovely 5-acre landscaped woodland and water garden with beautiful National Collections of birch and alder trees from all over the northern hemisphere. Garden open all year with summer sculpture exhibition from May to October.
In an oustandingly pictureque setting above the rushing River Okement stands the remains of what was once the largest castle in Devon. This Norman castle was tranformed into sumptuous residence in the 14th century, then declined to today’s ruin.
Established in 1862, this interesting shop sells many items from Dartmoor-wear to ironmongery.
Woodleigh Coach House is a Grade II listed building originally constructed by a London Brewer in the late 19th century. Situated in Cheriton Bishop, on the old stagecoach road from London to Exeter and Penzance, and in close proximity to Dartmoor, it
Services adjacent to A30 with waitress service. All Day Breakfast. Sunday lunches. Vegetarian menu.
24 hour convenience store for petrol; newspapers; groceries; ATM paypoint; take away; hot drinks and snacks.
Okehampton and Lydford
The Granite Way is an 11 mile cycle and walkway running along a former railway line between Okehampton and Lydford along the north western edge of Dartmoor.A journey along the Granite Way offers good views of the granite landscape of Dartmoor.
Fernworthy Reservoir, Fernworthy
Gazing across at Fernworthy Reservoir with the sun low in the sky and the gaggle of Canada Geese coasting nearby, there is no better place on Dartmoor than Potter's walk for a gentle stroll of almost a mile, or for exploring with young children.
The Two Castles Trail is a 24 mile waymarked walking route between Okehampton and Launceston Castles. Starting on the western side of Devon and finishing just inside Cornwall, the walk meanders through rolling countryside full of history.
Discover the mysteries of magical Dartmoor as well as build confidence and develop your Navigation Skills.
No longer will you wonder what terms such as handrails had to do with walking on the mountains and why some people drop small stones when...
Session of Traditional Music from Scandinavia & mainland Europe.
Thursday 23rd of March 8pm The Globe Inn Chagford 01647 433485
Swedish polskas, Spanish muneiras, Breton an dros, mediaeval cantigas & more
Large freshwater outdoor pool beside River Teign.
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The Miniature Pony Centre is home to our yummy mummy ponies and their cuddly babies. With our indoor and outdoor play areas, trampolines and our Café, it is a fun day out for all the family and best of all, you can get close to pet the ponies.
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The Teign is Dartmoor’s most iconic river. From a bleak moorland spring, it meanders some 50km to the South Devon coast at Teignmouth. This four-hour walk in its upper valley takes in wonderous views and the glorious vision of a certain Mr. Drewe
The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is proud to present the National Fairground Collection. It is a facility unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays.
The geology, water & climate change has created the region’s deepest river gorge providing views that have been enjoyed since Victorian times.
PricePrice £4.90 to £24.50 Per Ticket