- Okehampton is a traditional Dartmoor town with a range of
local shops and services. It is rapidly becoming the walking centre
for North Dartmoor and has a modern Youth Hostel at Okehampton
Station with information on the wide range of walking and cycling
routes that are open to explorers in the area.
- There is a limited weekend railway service linking the town to
and Exeter and another train service, the Dartmoor Pony, running
from Okehampton, takes you to the dramatic Meldon Viaduct and the
Meldon Visitor Centre.
- Okehampton Castle Grid
Reference: (SX 584 942).
Immediately south of the town of Okehampton there is the only Devon
castle to be mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It was first built by
the Norman baron Baldwin (also Sheriff of Devon), sometime between
the conquest of Devon in 1068 and the compilation of the Doomsday
Book in 1086. Remains of the 11th Century stone keep can still be
seen on the motte (or artificial mound). Major rebuilding occurred
around the year 1300 by the then owners, the Courtenay family, Earls
of Devon, who also established a large deerpark nearby. Most of the
buildings of the bailey (or defended courtyard containing domestic
buildings) belong to this period and include a great hall, kitchens,
lodgings, chapel and gatehouse. The keep was also enlarged at this
village of Sticklepath lies 4 miles to the east hosting The Museum
of Rural Industry. south East of Okehampton is Okehampton Camp,
the remains of a hill-fort on a steep ridge. The camp was probably
a frontier post during the Iron Age.
- South of the town and
often inaccessible to the public because they are in use as an artillery
range, are the highest tors (peaks) of Dartmoor.
- Oakehampton is located below the northern slopes of Dartmoor, now bypassed by the A 30 is still at
the crossroads of the A386 and the A30 and is a good centre to visit a number of places of interest in the area.