East Hill Hillfort, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

East Hill Hillfort, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

By the north border of Dartmoor National Park, at the northernmost point of the moor where the land sweeps down to Okehampton and the Mid Devon countryside, is a spur of land above the place where the East Okement River meets the smaller Moor Brook. Marked as a 'Settlement' on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map, this is the location of East Hill Hillfort.

On the ground, you'll see earthworks surrounding a large open area reminiscent of other Dartmoor hillforts such as Wooston Castle Hillfort and Cranbrook Castle Hillfort further east in Fingle Woods and the Teign Gorge. When visiting East Hill Hillfort, it becomes clear why you'd want to build there. The views are extensive and the deep river valleys provide good protection.

We've positioned East Hill Hillfort on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

As is the case with most tors and points of attraction on the moors, you can walk in from all directions. The easiest route is from one of the small parking areas by the road that climbs from Okehampton to Okehampton Camp. Follow one of the paths marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map across East Hill to East Hill Hillfort.

You can walk up from Okehampton and Okehampton Station although it's a bit of a slog.

You can also wander in from the Belstone direction via the Tarka Trail. Paths are marked on the OS map. Again, it's a bit of a slog because you are climbing from the valley floor. On the plus side, the East Okement Valley is gorgeous with waterfalls and riverside picnic spots.