Ockerton Court, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Ockerton Court, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

All the way at the southern end of the army ring road on Dartmoor’s north moor is a pool of water at Ockerton Court. It’s a beautiful place to photograph high moorland with Hangingstone Hill beyond. It’s also on one of the most popular routes to the famous letterbox at Cranmere Pool. Whilst it’s a bit of a slog to get to Ockerton Court, it’s relatively easy walking. They very last stretch can be a wee bit boggy but it’s nothing in comparison to the terrain between Ockerton Court and Cranmere Pool.

We’ve positioned Ockerton Court on Google maps so zoom in on the ‘Satellite’ setting to see its location. The pool of water is clearly visible on that satellite imagery.

To visit, head for Okehampton and Okehampton Camp. Follow the army ring road over Moor Brook and continue to the eastern side of Rowtor. There’s a big car parking area by Rowtor. If you’re visiting when the moor isn’t busy, you can drive up to OP22 by East Okement Farm. From there, on foot, follow the army ring road west or east of East Mill Tor to Okement Hill and OP15. The ring road does an extra loop at this point and a weathered and now boggy spur of ring road takes you out to Ockerton Court. This is marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 ‘Dartmoor’ map. The peat pass is heavily weathered so don’t expect an obvious pass. There’s raised ground just west of Ockerton Court from which you get super views.

After a spell of dry weather, you can bog hop south of Ockerton Court to Cranmere Pool. It’s an unpleasant experience after prolonged rain. Alternatively, head south west to meet the West Okement River and then follow it up to Cranmere Pool.