Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park
  • Okehampton sits below the highest ground on Dartmoor and in southern England. If you want to walk the National Park's highest peaks then Okehampton is an ideal base
  • In addition to walking, Okehampton offers a range of other outdoor activities from cycling to abseiling, horse riding to wild swimming
  • Visit the many tourist attractions in the local area including Okehampton Castle (English Heritage) and the Museum of Dartmoor Life, Lydford Gorge (National Trust) and Castle Drogo (National Trust)
  • Rivers flow from the high moor to cut amazing river valleys and feed reservoirs. The Upper West Okement Valley and Meldon Reservoir are remarkable
  • The town is located by the A30 and provides easy access to the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bodmin Moor and the North Cornwall coastline. The vast low tide beaches at Bude are 45 minutes away. Follow the A386 to RHS Garden Rosemoor and North Devon
  • Main photo: Okehampton Castle (English Heritage)


Where is Okehampton in Dartmoor National Park?

Southern England's only two mountains rise above Okehampton. Situated on the north west border of Dartmoor, the town is perfectly placed for those looking to explore the National Park's highest ground.

In addition, given its location, the North Cornwall coast, Bodmin Moor and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all easily accessible by car.


Why holiday or weekend break around Okehampton?

To help you choose Okehampton, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Museum of Dartmoor Life

Visit the superb Museum of Dartmoor Life which acts as a great introduction to the prehistory and history of the National Park.


English Heritage's Okehampton Castle

Wander across town to  Okehampton Castle (English Heritage).

Other English Heritage castles in the local area include Lydford Castle (English Heritage) and Launceston Castle on the Devon/Cornwall border.


The Granite Way

Cycle the Granite Way that runs between Okehampton and Lydford. This takes you over Meldon Viaduct. It's perfect for kids.

Other family friendly cycle routes on Dartmoor include the Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes from Princetown and Drake's Trail that runs between Tavistock and Plymouth.


Yes Tor and High Willhays

Walk to Yes Tor and High Willhays which are the highest points on Dartmoor and the only two mountains in southern England.

Belstone Ridge to Oke Tor and Steeperton Tor is another super walk.

To experience remote high moor, yomp out onto the north plateau to Cranmere Pool


Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve

Walk around Meldon Reservoir to see Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve.

If river valleys are your thing, we'd also suggest you explore West Cleave by Okehampton.


Outdoor activities

Enjoy some of Dartmoor's many outdoor activities. Go horse riding or mountain biking on the moors. See our Best Dartmoor Outdoor Activities listing for information.


Dartmoor's prehistory

Experience Dartmoor's internationally important prehistory.

The Nine Maidens Stone Circle between Okehampton and Belstone is great.

Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row and Scorhill Stone Circle are further away.

Merrivale (English Heritage) is particularly impressive.

You can learn more about Dartmoor's prehistory at Princetown National Park Visitor Centre and Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre.


National Trust properties

Visit the National Trust's Lydford Gorge (National Trust) and see Lydford Gorge White Lady Waterfall. Try Lydford Gorge Circular Walk. The noise in the upper end of the gorge is awesome.

Other National Trust properties in the local area include Finch Foundry (National Trust) and Castle Drogo (National Trust). Buckland Abbey (National Trust) and Saltram House are a little further away.

We'd also recommend crossing the Devon/Cornwall border to visit Cotehele House and Antony House.


Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Okehampton is on the north west border of Dartmoor so there's quick access to the Devon/Cornwall border. Explore the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Head west to the North Cornwall coast. The vast low tide beach at Bude is a 45 minute drive from Okehampton.

Moving down the coast, highlights include Tintagel Castle and the Camel Estuary by Padstow.

We run a number of UK travel sites and, whilst photographing Cornwall, have met lots of people taking day trips from Okehampton down to St Ives and Land's End. St Ives takes about 1 hour 30 minutes by car. Land's End is roughly 2 hours away.


Local towns and villages

For other 'gateway towns' try Chagford and Tavistock.

For villages we'd recommend Belstone and Lydford.