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Bracken Tor Youth Hostel

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General

Bracken Tor sits on edge of Dartmoor in the woods above Okehampton, Devon. The 4 acres of landscaped garden providing a beautiful venue from which groups can walk straight out onto Dartmoor. The grounds have a campsite, a 7 bedroomed house which was originally built in 1908, in the style of Arts and Crafts movement house and a 4 bedroomed unit called the filter house.

Okehampton Youth Hostel acquired the property in 2006, and during the conversion we retained as many of the original features as new regulations for hotels/hostels would permit, including the traditional windows, wood panelling and fireplaces.

The grounds
The house is situated within landscaped gardens with flat grass games areas. There is also a full size beach volleyball court and fun areas to explore around the site. Just outside the hostel are lovely areas of woodland with bluebells, primroses and violas at suitable times of the year. There is a designated bushcraft area where campfires can be lit for fun or cooking.

A complete range of adventuos activities are available throgh adventure okehampton who manage the site.

This site is a member of YHA group.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Okehampton, Devon, England, EX20 1QW
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7284°N 4.0014°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Okehampton: West Street Coach Stop — 0.7 miles
Tavistock Bus Station — 14.0 miles
Yelverton (Devon): Roundabout Bus Stop — 16.8 miles
Train stations
Okehampton Rail Station — 0.4 miles
Sampford Courtenay Rail Station — 3.7 miles
Morchard Road Rail Station — 12.2 miles
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 21.9 miles
Topsham Lock Ferry Landing — 23.5 miles
Topsham Ferry Landing — 23.6 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 25.7 miles

Directions


Reception for Bracken Tor is at YHA Okehampton: The Goods Shed
Please go the the main reception at The Goods Shed to check in for both sites.

From the East

Leave the A30 at Okehampton (B3260) junction, and turn right at the end of the slip road. Follow this road for a further 2 miles into Okehampton town centre. In the town centre, you will pass over straight over two sets of traffic lights. In the town centre, pass a set of traffic lights (Pelican Crossing) and at the next set of traffic lights turn left, following the signs to Okehampton Station and Youth Hostel. About 200m, take the 3rd turning right up Station Road, and after about 400m turn left at the monument following signs to the Station. Follow this road, passing under the railway bridge and take the first left to enter the Youth Hostel, where the car park is behind The Goods Shed.

From the West

Leave the A30 at Okehampton (B3260) junction, and follow road for about 2 miles into the town. At the first set of traffic lights, on a crossroads junction, turn right following the signs to Okehampton Station and Youth Hostel. After 200m, take the 3rd turning right up Station Road, and after about 400 m turn left at the monument following signs to the Station. Follow this road, passing under the railway bridge and take the first left to enter the Youth Hostel, where the Hostel car park is behind The Goods Shed.

Using a GPS navigation system

Do not use the Bracken Tor post-code in a GPS navigation system, as many of the systems will try and take you off the emergency access road to the A30. Please follow the instructions above, and go to main reception for YHA Okehampton at The Good Shed, Okehampton Station.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Adventure Okehampton on site
Okehampton Museum is housed in a 19th Century Mill in the centre of town. This lively museum tells the story of how people have lived, worked and played on and around Dartmoor through the centuries. With interactive exhibits and models visits can be organised for groups during the evening.

Okehampton Castle A medieval castle first mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Just on edge of Town set in the Deer Park, this site is administered by English Heritage and has a fine variety of ghostly stories.
Dartmoor Railway (heritage railway) just across the Platform, Dartmoor Railway runs between Sampford Courtney and Meldon Viaduct. At the Viaduct there is a small display about the Railway with pictures of the quarry in the past. A small buffet carriage will reopen in May 2011 providing teas and coffees overlooking the viaduct near Meldon Quarry.
Dartmoor National Park On the northern moors you find wild and beautiful country, open moorland with massive granite outcrops, tumbling rivers in dramatic valleys and picturesque ancient woodlands. The high moor is the most challenging in terms of terrain and navigation skills, especially when the mists come down. In contrast the outer areas of the moor have tors and ancient monuments including stone circles, stone rows and Bronze Age hut circles. Two suggested walks from the Hostel:
Belstone Walk: This walk takes you past the healing stone, where it is said, that you should lie on the stone and think of the part of your body which needs repair. Another stone nearby is calling the Rheumatism stone.
Meldon Viaduct to Blackator Copse walk takes you from the bluebell woods out to a remote ancient oak woodland, one of few surviving woodland areas in central Dartmoor. This site is a nature reserve and an SSSI containing many rare plants including mosses and lichens. We recommend visiting these sites in May when the flowers are at their best.
Finch Foundry (National Trust) at Sticklepath is about 10 minutes drive from Okehampton. This is an old foundry using water power mainly making agricultural tools. On certain days the process of making a shovel can be watched as the foundry is still operational and was working commercially until the 1960s. In the gardens is a small tea shop.
Castle Drogo (National Trust) this 1920s castle is administered by the National Trust. It is 20 minutes drive from Okehampton. There are many different family days at Castle Drogo. The castle tour is extensive and takes about an hour. Our memories were the wonderful plumbing systems with some very interesting showers. Throughout the summer there is a regular programme of events, including 1920s fancy dress, vintage car days, gardens events and much more. There are good walks from the Castle down through the woods along the River Teign, with possibly stopping places in tearooms at Fingle Bridge.

Lydford Gorge (National Trust) This famous gorge is 1½ miles long and can be viewed from a circular walk, which starts high above the river and passes through attractive oak woods before dropping down to the dramatic 30m-high White Lady waterfall. The path then proceeds along an enchanting riverside walk through the steeply-sided ravine, scooped out by the River Lyd as it plunges into a series of whirlpools, including the thrilling Devil's Cauldron.
Rosemoor The Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Rosemoor (10 miles) are interesting as the garden was mainly established in the early 1990s. The range of gardens there are suitable for visits at all times of the year. The gardens cater for group education visits, when booked in advance, and an education officer can run workshops for children.

Eden Project The Eden project site is about 1 hours drive along the A30 from Okehampton. It is an easy day visit and can be combined with an activity holiday. Tickets can be prebooked, and for large groups this is essential. Groups also have special education tours which relate to the National Curriculum.

Must see

  • Castle Drogo (8.6 miles)
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (16.0 miles)
  • Buckfast Abbey (19.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Finch Foundry (3.3 miles)
  • Lydford Gorge (7.6 miles)

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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