Okehampton Old Town Park Local Nature Reserve, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Okehampton Old Town Park Local Nature Reserve, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

If you're visiting English Heritage's Okehampton Castle then we'd recommend a walk in Okehampton Old Town Park Local Nature Reserve afterwards. There's access via the car park by the castle. Salmon can be seen in the West Okement River. 

Note that the Two Castles Trail and the West Devon Way run through the park.

In addition to local wildlife, the area has a fascinating history. An information board reads:

'Old Town Park Local Nature Reserve flanks the southern bank of the West Okement river and lies within the northern boundary of Dartmoor National Park. This area was once part of Okehampton Castle's deer park. Archaeological evidence from the castle's kitchen waste shows that fallow deer were introduced by the original Norman occupiers in the 11th century when the deer park was created. The castle ramparts gave a bird's eye view of the chase, looking across into what is now Old Town Park where the scene of the final kill may have taken place.'