Home to a famous castle ruin
The ruins of Okehampton Castle, once the largest castle in Devon, sits in a picturesque setting on a wooded hill above the rushing West Okement River, just on the edge of the town. After the castle’s last owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin which is now owned by English Heritage.
Okehampton is a fantastic choice for those wanting to get out and about, with the West Devon Way and Two Castles Trail perfect for walkers and the Granite Way ideal for a sedate bike ride. If you fancy a more gentle stroll, the pretty gardens of Simmons Park, which was gifted to the town by benefactor Sydney Simmons, offer a relaxing walk.