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Why visit Okehampton?
Situated right on the northern boundary of Dartmoor National Park is the town of Okehampton. If you love the great outdoors then a stay in Okehampton will be paradise. Walkers are spoilt for choice with a number of different routes to tackle. Walk a circular route across the Meldon Viaduct or climb the two highest peaks in Dartmoor, Yes Tor and High Willhays. Cyclists can ride The Granite Way, an 11 mile trail from Okehampton to Lyndford, or take on the Dartmoor Way, a 95 mile circular route around Dartmoor National Park. Other activities on offer include climbing, fishing, horse riding.
Okehampton Castle was once the largest castle in Devon but it was largely abandoned in the 16th century and fell into disrepair. The remains of the castle sit on a wooded spur, in a beautiful location near the River Okement. Spend an afternoon exploring the ruins and enjoy the nearby woodland walks and riverside picnic spots.
If you need a break from the outdoors then why not do a spot of shopping in the Victorian shopping arcade or visit the Museum of Dartmoor Life and learn about the history of the area from prehistoric times to present day. Okehampton has a number of good restaurants and pubs so you won’t be short of finding a nice spot for a drink and a bite to eat.
Places to visit near Okehampton
Travel south, deeper into Dartmoor National Park and visit the beautiful market towns of Chagford and Moretonhampstead. Dine in any number of fine pubs and restaurants or explore a host of independent shops. Heading directly west from Okehampton will bring you to the city of Exeter. Visit Exeter Cathedral, tackle the largest indoor climbing wall in the South West or learn all about the history of the city with a Red Coat Guided Tour.
A holiday cottage in Okehampton makes a perfect base to enjoy the beauty of Dartmoor.