Best Okehampton Walks, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Best Okehampton Walks, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park


Okehampton is located on the north western border of Dartmoor National Park. It sits below the highest ground on Dartmoor and in southern England. The area is essential visiting if you're a keen walker.

We've arranged walks by theme. If you're on holiday in Dartmoor National Park, walking to the top of Yes Tor and High Willhays is a must. They sit close to one another on a broad ridge above Okehampton Camp and Okehampton. We'd recommend that walk above all else.


River and valley walks from Okehampton

The West Okement River and the East Okement River rise on Dartmoor's north moor. They cut exceptionally pretty valleys before meeting in Okehampton. The River Okement then flows north to join the River Torridge. You can follow the West Okement River to Meldon Woods, Meldon Viaduct and Meldon Reservoir or walk the Tarka Trail alongside the East Okement River to West Cleave. Specific river and valley walks we'd recommend include:

Okehampton Camp to West Cleave Circular Walk. This is a delightful walk that takes in the fringe of the high moor as well as West Cleave.

East Hill Hillfort Circular Walk. This is a variation on the above.

Meldon Woods Bluebell Circular Walk. Whilst this is a popular walk all year round, Meldon Woods come alive in May when the bluebells are out.


Granite Way

The Granite Way is a multi-use recreational route running between Okehampton and Lydford. We'd recommend walking the Meldon Viaduct stretch as there are amazing views to Yes Tor and Meldon Reservoir.


Two Museums Walk from Okehampton

If you're a keen and fit walker and have an interest in museums, try the Two Museums Walk.


Walking Dartmoor's north moor from Okehampton and Okehampon Camp

Most walkers head to Okehampton to explore the high moor. You can walk from Okehampton but it's a bit of a slog so we'd recommend starting in the Okehampton Camp area.

Walking to the top of Yes Tor and High Willhays is a must. Try the West Mill Tor, Yes Tor and High Willhays Circular Walk.

For a longer walk, try the Okehampton Camp to Okement Hill and Steeperton Tor Circular Walk.

Note that the army ring road provides easy access to the high moorland. See our Army Ring Road Walking and Cycling listing for more information.

If you fancy a small walk, wander up to the rocky outcrops of Rowtor. There's a spacious car parking area below the tor on that army ring road.


Walking the Meldon Reservoir area near Okehampton

Meldon Reservoir is a stunning reservoir and dam. It's great for walks. Click through to the listing for ideas.

Note that the Dartmoor's Highest Points Circular Walk (High Willhays/Yes Tor) starts from Meldon Reservoir car park.


Long distance footpaths running through Okehampton

For those looking for a long distance walk, the Tarka Trail in Dartmoor, West Devon Way and Two Castles Trail pass through Okehampton.


Walking to some of Dartmoor's most unusual points of interets from Okehampton

Ted Hughes Memorial Stone is a super place to walk to from the Okehampton Camp area.

Cranmere Pool is essential visiting for all Dartmoor enthusiasts.


Bluebell walks from Okehampton

Last, Okehampton is arguably the best place from which to see bluebells on Dartmoor.

The East Hill Bluebell Circular Walk overlooks Okehampton.

Meldon Woods Bluebell Circular Walk, as mentioned, is a must in May.