Okehampton is a traditional market town on the northern edge of Dartmoor National Park and a good starting point for walks on Dartmoor.
Housed in a former warehouse and watermill, the museum covers life on Dartmoor from the Bronze Age to the
mid-20th century with an emphasis on farming, industry and social history. Exhibitions and events programme. Separate Tearoom in the Museum Courtyard.
Open Apr-Oct, M-F 1000-1600, Sat 1000-1300.
Once the largest castle in Devon, Okehampton Castle was begun soon after the Norman Conquest. In the 14th century
it was converted into a sumptuous residence by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon. The castle has since declined into a picturesque ruin.
Audio tour. Woodland walks and riverside picnic area.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.
The last working water-powered forge in England with huge waterwheels and a tilt hammer.
Regular demonstrations throughout the day. Cottage garden. Tearoom.
Open Apr-Oct, WThFSSu 1100-1500 for guided tour, see website.
Bus 6A from Station forecourt to Sticklepath, Devonshire Inn. Finch Foundry is just beyond the bus stop on the opposite side of the road. M-S every 3 hours, 18 minutes journey. Operated by Stagecoach.
Sticklepath village is on the northern edge of Dartmoor and a good starting point for walks.
Sited on the edge of Dartmoor, Lydford Castle has a Norman earthwork castle and a later Norman stone keep,
built as a prison. It stands within the defences of a Saxon fortified town. Download an audio tour from the website. Admission free.
Open any reasonable time.
Bus 118 from West Street (some journeys also from Station forecourt) to Lydford, Castle Inn, about 20 minutes journey. M-S hourly, also summer Sun & BH infrequent. For bus times see Traveline.
A picturesque steep-sided gorge of the River Lyd with an abundance of wildlife, an impressive 28 metre high cascade
known as the Whitelady Waterfall and a viewing platform over the Devil's Cauldron pothole. Beware that the paths are challenging in places
and sturdy footwear is essential, allow about 2½ hours for a full circuit of the Gorge. Tearooms at both entrances. Picnic areas.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1630 (1530 Oct), see website for winter.
Bus 118 from West Street (some journeys also from Station forecourt) to Lydford, opposite Gorge main entrance, about 20 minutes journey. Most journeys also stop at the Gorge Lower entrance which is nearer the Whitelady Waterfall. M-S hourly, also summer Sun & BH infrequent. For bus times see Traveline.