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Okehampton

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After nearly 50 years, daily passenger trains are planned to return to Okehampton by the end of 2021.

Okehampton is on the Dartmoor Line.

Okehampton is a traditional market town on the northern edge of Dartmoor National Park and a good starting point for walks on Dartmoor.

TI at Museum, tel. 01837 52295.
www.visitokehampton.co.uk | www.visitdartmoor.co.uk | www.dartmoorline.com

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Museum of Dartmoor Life ¾ mile

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 Easter-Oct, MWF 1000-1300.
www.dartmoorlife.org.uk

Okehampton Castle EH ¾ mile

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.
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Okehampton map

Finch Foundry NT by bus

The last working water-powered forge in England with huge waterwheels and a tilt hammer. Regular demonstrations throughout the day. Cottage garden. Tearoom.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1100-1700. See website for winter dates.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/finch-foundry
Bus 6/6A from West Street to Sticklepath, Devonshire Inn. Finch Foundry is just beyond the bus stop on the opposite side of the road. Daily every 2-3 hours, 10 minutes journey, check the timetable carefully because some journeys bypass Sticklepath. Operated by Stagecoach.
Sticklepath village is on the northern edge of Dartmoor and a good starting point for walks.

Lydford Castle EH by bus

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.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Bus 118 from West Street to Lydford, Castle Inn, 17 minutes journey. M-S every 1-3 hours. For bus times see Traveline.

Lydford Gorge NT by bus

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 Mar-Oct, Daily 1000-1700 (1530 in Oct), see website for winter.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydford-gorge
Bus 118 from West Street to Lydford, opposite Gorge main entrance, 17 minutes journey. Buses also stop at the Gorge Lower entrance (21 minutes journey) which is nearer the Whitelady Waterfall. M-S every 1-3 hours. For bus times see Traveline.

Lydford map

Explorer Map OL28 Dartmoor, covers Okehampton, Lydford and Sticklepath

Rough Guide to Devon and Cornwall

Pathfinder Walks Guide North and Mid Devon

Pathfinder Guide South Devon