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Set in walking distance of the highest hills in SW England, if a happy holiday means swinging from ropes, clambering up walls, splashing through water and generally hurling themselves around, then this is the place for you! YHA Okehampton is a great centre for adventure activities on north Dartmoor. This centre offers Visit England 3 Star Hostel accommodation with easy access to A30, about 3 hours from London.
The Victorian building was originally part of the heritage railway station and for 21 years has been a modern Youth Hostel set in it's own grounds with mix of rooms (2 bed, 4 bed, 5 bed and 6 beds, some en-suite). The hostel retains some of the features of the original building, including the large sliding doors and as such retains the character of the London & South Western Railway building constructed in the 1870's.
Other facilities including free wifi, games room, tv lounge, drying room and fully licensed dining room.
You can book direct by telephoning the hostel or online (eg. Booking.com or YHA).
Good for Walkers!
Lying on the north edge of Dartmoor, there are a variety of excellent walks on our doorstep, from the highest points of Highwill Hays and Yes Tor to remote woodlands at Black-a-Tor Copse, try letterboxing such as venturing out to Cranmere Pool, walking to the healing stone near Kes Tor or visiting the Nine Maidens stone circle for sunrise. For easier walks, try the Granite Way to Meldon Viaduct returning over the top.
The drying rooms with dehumidifiers mean that those wet clothes and boots will dry overnight. Hence for walking groups, wanting to venture onto the moors, you know that your kit should be dry in time for another days adventure.
Good for Cyclists!
It's also ideal for cyclists, as it lies on junction of three main long distance cycle paths, Lands End to John o'Groats, Devon Coast to Coast (NC21) and Transmanche Circuit between Plymouth and Poole. The drying rooms, cycle storage shed and cycle hire shop with it's technician, means that it is a good venue for stopping off on longer trips or just cycling for the weekend, and can cater for the support teams as well.
If you're looking for a short cycle, then leave your bikes at home, and use our cycle shop to take a day trip down the Granite Way trail to Lydford and back.
Other things to do around Okehampton
Adventure Okehampton manage this YHA Activity Centre offering choice of other sports such as rock climbing, kayaking, gorge scrambling, cycling and much "moor" around Okehampton. These can be booked for private groups at any time. During the school holidays there is also a programme of sessions where you can book just 1 place if travelling as an individual. Some day activities do fill up quickly, so early booking is recommended.
Other adventure activities, such as Pony Trekking, Surfing, Coasteering, maybe be provided and we work with other suppliers, to extend our range.
Whilst on the main route to Cornwall, the hostel is also well located if visiting Dartmoor, RHS Rosemoor (30 minutes) and Eden Project (just over 1 hour, depending on the traffic)
We can provide a full Dartmoor Breakfast, including toast and cereals, selection from Bacon, Sausage, Tomatoes, Beans, Hash Browns and scrambled eggs.
Small self-catering kitchen is off the dining room.
Coach Drop Off
Coaches can get access to the drop-off zone beside the railway station, 50m walk from hostel but large coaches cannot access the hostel grounds due to low bridge. We have an arrangement with the station for overnight parking for coaches.
There are two rooms that can be used for conferences/workshops as there are tables and chairs.
Please discuss on your booking form any conference requirements.
Two drying rooms with dehumidifiers are available on site.
There is an paved area outside with picnic tables, well as grassed areas around the hostel, providing a secure play area.
There is a TV lounge upstairs as well as a games room for Guest usage (unless booked for sole use by a group).
The standard YHA snacks menu is generally available (burgers, wraps, paninis and pizzas). During the main season when there are sufficient pre-booked meals additional seasonal specials may be available (sausage & mash, steak and ale pie, lasagne, sunday roast etc), please enquire on booking.
Nine ground floor bedrooms are available of differing sizes and offer disabled access for wheelchair users.
Subject to availability, at the rear of the hostel there is free parking for people staying overnight.
Free Wifi: login required.
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Three different buildings at YHA Okehampton and YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor. Each accommodation units offers a range of room sizes, all furnished with bunk beds. Sleeping 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 people. Pricing varies depending on whether booking a single bed in a dormitory room, a single room, twin bunks (en suite), 4 bed (shared bathroom or ensuite), 6 bed with shared bathroom or ensuite (some with lower double bunks) or a dormitory room with shared bathroom facilities.
Exclusive hire is possible for all 3 buildings (together, or individually)
- Free Wi-Fi available
- Within 1 Mile of a Train Station
- Cater for vegetarians
- Cooking facilities for guests' use
- Local Produce English Breakfast
- Serve breakfast
- Serve evening meal
- Serve lunch
Children & Infants
- Accept children (Minimum age)
- Accept children all ages
- Facilities for children
- Accept coach parties
- Cater for groups
- Central heating throughout
- Drying Facilities
- Exclusive Use
- Family Friendly
- Free car parking
- Garden/patio for guests' use
- Licenced for alcohol
- Number of Shared Bathrooms
- On-site parking or valet parking
- Open All Year
- Separate guests' lounge
- Wedding Venue
- Wireless Broadband Internet Access
- Accessible Rooms
- Groups Welcomed
- In countryside
- Arrangements for riding/pony trekking
- Cycle hire
- Games Room
- Other sporting facilities
- Water sports facilities
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
- All major credit cards accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Special group rates
- Visa accepted
Room / Unit Features
- Ground Floor Bedrooms Available
- Non smoking rooms available
- Activity breaks
- Special provisions for cyclists
- Special provisions for walkers
Travel & Trade
- Group discounts available
- Min group size numeric qualifier
- Packed lunches available
- Room/unit allocations available
- Wi-fi available
Map & Directions
Close to the A30, the main road heading into Cornwall. Head into Okehampton town centre. Follow brown direction signs to the Youth Hostel which is opposite the railway station.
From the East
Leave the A30 at Okehampton (B3260) junction, and turn right at the end of the slip road. Follow this road for a further 2 miles into Okehampton town centre. In the town centre, you will pass over straight over two sets of traffic lights. In the town centre, pass a set of traffic lights (Pelican Crossing) and at the next set of traffic lights turn left, following the signs to Okehampton Station and Youth Hostel. About 200m, take the 3rd turning right up Station Road, and after about 400m turn left at the monument following signs to the Station. Follow this road, passing under the railway bridge and take the first left to enter the Youth Hostel, where the car park is behind The Goods Shed.
From the West
Leave the A30 at Okehampton (B3260) junction, and follow road for about 2 miles into the town. At the first set of traffic lights, on a crossroads junction, turn right following the signs to Okehampton Station and Youth Hostel. After 200m, take the 3rd turning right up Station Road, and after about 400 m turn left at the monument following signs to the Station. Follow this road, passing under the railway bridge and take the first left to enter the Youth Hostel, where the Hostel car park is behind The Goods Shed.
Bracken Tor House and Bracken Tor Lodge are about 1/2 mile away, in separate grounds beyond the A30 off the road which accesses to moors and army camp.
Public Transport Directions
Various buses go to Okehampton Town centre from Exeter and Bude including 6/6A. The buses stop at Exeter St Davids station, on their route out of Exeter city centre.
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