West Okement Valley, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

West Okement Valley, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

The West Okement River rises by the remote Cranmere Pool on Dartmoor's north moor. The river tumbles through the Upper West Okement Valley past Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve on its way to Meldon Reservoir. Beyond the reservoir dam is what we refer to as the West Okement Valley. It runs from Meldon Reservoir down to Okehampton and is known for its views, viaduct and bluebells. The Dartmoor Way, Two Castles Trail and West Devon Way run through the valley. English Heritage's Okehampton Castle is situated at the valley's north eastern end by Okehampton.

We've positioned West Okement Valley on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

There are various access points to the valley. Moving downstream, there's a large car parking area by Meldon Reservoir. This has public toilets. There are more car parking areas down by Meldon Viaduct. You can also walk up from the car parking areas in Okehampton. The Granite Way passes across Meldon Viaduct above the valley so this is another way to experience the landscape.

If we had to choose one walk within the valley, we'd recommend starting from the large car park at Meldon Reservoir. Cross the dam. Follow the path on the east side of the valley down to Meldon Viaduct. Pass under the viaduct, wander through Meldon Woods and then cross the West Okement River on the footbridge just south of the A30. Walk through woodland to the viaduct and then skirt Meldon Pool before climbing back up to Meldon Reservoir car park.

In Spring, we'd also suggest you walk the Meldon Woods Bluebell Circular Walk.

Because the West Okement Valley is packed with things to do and see, we've outlined its major attractions below:

Meldon Reservoir.

Meldon Aplite Quarries.

Meldon Pool.

Meldon Viaduct.

Views from Meldon Viaduct to Yes Tor.

Meldon Woods.

Meldon Woods Bluebell Circular Walk.

The Granite Way.

Dartmoor Railway.

Sections of the Dartmoor Way/Two Castles Trail/West Devon Way.

Okehampton Castle.

Okehampton Old Town Park Local Nature Reserve.

Museum of Dartmoor Life.