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The Dartmoor Line connects Okehampton to Exeter again at last!

If you are planning to visit Okehampton or Dartmoor via the new Dartmoor Line rail service, you will find there’s so much to do and many places to explore.

Okehampton is home to the fascinating and magical Museum of Dartmoor Life which also houses the Okehampton Tourist Information Centre.

Picturesque Okehampton Castle (open in summer months) which dates to the Domesday Book sits in an elevated position above Okehampton’s Old Town Park Nature Reserve which offers some wonderful walks.

Simmons Park was gifted to the town by Sydney Simmons in 1907, with woodland walks, ornamental fountains and waterfalls, riverside walks, beautiful gardens, bowling green and a children’s adventure area; it has so much to offer.

The market town of Okehampton is richly served by charming independent shops as well as several major supermarkets. Red Lion Yard is a lovely retail area, which used to be the stabling yard of the Red Lion Hotel.

Not many towns, particularly small rural towns, can boast an original Victorian Arcade, such as can be seen in Okehampton. It offers the local community an eclectic range of independent retailers, providing everything from fresh produce to local services.

Okehampton is a Gateway to Dartmoor and the perfect base from which to go exploring.

You can walk directly out onto the moor from the town via Simmons Park or from the top of Station Road. Alternatively enjoy an adventure of discovery by following the Okehampton Town Trail https://www.visitokehampton.co.uk/walks

More walks of all levels and distance on our Walking on Dartmoor page.

Cycling on Dartmoor

From the Okehampton Station you can hire a bike from Adventure Okehampton next door, or a little further down the Granite Way Devon Cycle Hire have bikes and a cafe.

You can engage with Dartmoor Walks & Rides for guided electric-bike rides or with Devon Bike Bus to provide bikes and guided tours.

Guided Tours

Arranging to be met by one of our Tour Guides who can collect you from the station for a wonderful day on Dartmoor like Moors & More Tours for their spooky Devil’s Quest Tour, or the Dartmoor Quest starting at Buckfastleigh Church. Have a look at lots of other options for Guided Tours.

Okehampton has a wealth of pubs, cafes, tea rooms, and restaurants, where you will find delicious home-made, locally produced food. Or buy your ingredients from any of the lovely supermarkets, bakery, or health food shops and create your own picnic to enjoy in the park, in the woods beside the river, or up on the moor. Have a look at the Visit Okehampton website for inspiration!

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