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- Site attached to an activity centre on the edge of Dartmoor
- Mountain boarding, archery, climbing and watersports all available
- On-site licensed restaurant
For some folk, a happy holiday does not involve cocktails, a pool, a sun lounger and all the other buzzwords of lazing about in swimwear. These folk much prefer swinging from ropes, clambering up walls, splashing through water and generally hurling themselves around, upping adrenaline so much that the subsequent Monday morning commute feels like a stroll in the park.
If this sounds like you, it's virtually a cert that you’ll like a stay at Okehampton Youth Hostel, at the same setting as Adventure Okehampton, an activity centre with family sessions running every day during the school holidays. The camping fields are in the grounds of the hostel and all guests have full access hostel facilities including bathrooms, a self-catering kitchen, TV and games rooms, as well as free wifi, a licensed restaurant and bike hire.
You and your small adventurers can have a go at mountain boarding, archery and scaling the climbing wall or ropes, with watersports including surfing, gorge scrambling, kayaking and canoeing on offer at the hostel’s private lake; true headers for heights can also have a go at the Big Oke Abseil. When you're up for exploring Dartmoor, there's direct access to the moors and the Granite Way cycle path.
If there's six or more of you up for a challenge, you can book a group activity together at the site at any time, for hen and stag parties, weekends away and just because. If your fellow campers aren't all up for such outdoor pursuits, during school holidays the site allows bookings for individual daredevils and groups smaller than six, so there's nothing to hold you back if you want to give something wild a whirl.
A tad too much adrenaline? Plenty of peeps come to Okehampton for a chillsome time too, or you could go for proper Devon downtime in the on-site licensed restaurant to demolish locally sourced food, local beers and cider.
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Quiet site in a handy location
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to review your camping experience at YHA Okehampton. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and that the facilities, such as the self catering kitchen, were useful for you. As you say there are downstairs toilets, as well as games room and lounge upstairs.
We have reviewed the feedback on a greater need for hook-up points on the camping field, and the operations manager plans to install a few more points later this year.
Thank you for suggesting that if customers are likely to be late arriving, they should call for the door codes. Our main reception is normally open 5pm to 8pm, but we do open later by arrangement, and we try to call customers (if there's a mobile number) if they are late. An emergency contact number is also available to guests.
Quiet, friendly campsite with good, clean facilities.
Louise B. Confirmed
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to review your camping experience at YHA Okehampton. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and that the facilities, such as the self catering kitchen and restaurant, were useful for you. As you say, as this is a Youth Hostel with a camping field, so all the facilities are in the building. But as you've noted, it's an easy walk onto to Dartmoor and the rail service during the day offers opportunities to visit other places without driving.
When you return, you'll find there were downstairs toilets and showers, as well as the individual shower rooms you used upstairs where the games room and lounge were.
We regularly review the feedback on activities. As you observed, we do not have all of our 10 bookable activities running every day. Many people stay for a few days of activities, hence to provide sufficient variety it means that we run a regular programme that changes each day. Hence if you are looking for a specific activity then it may be viewed as more restrictive in timing for individuals booking a single session.
We do price check our activities against other suppliers to ensure we are competitive as well as a quality experience, and we do offer discounts for multiple bookings.
We will review the web-site information to make it clearer which activities take place off site, and that if not participating in an activity session you need to follow in a vehicle.
We will also check the cycle hire prices on the various web-sites where they are listed, but there are half-day hires and full day hire rates.
Thank you for drawing possible errors in updating for the 2018 price lists to our attention.
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to review your camping experience at YHA Okehampton. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoyed your stay. The weather wasn't at it's best this April, after a prolonged winter with snow, which is unusual for Devon, hence the field was wetter than it usually is.
This is a Youth Hostel with a camping field, so all the facilities are in the building and there are no marked pitches. There are some three-pin plugs in the main building, but not on the field, you do need to have an adaptor cable.
The Operations manager intends to add more electric hook-up points in response to feedback on the camping field.
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to review your camping experience at YHA Okehampton. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay along with your dog. The drying rooms do come in useful for drying out clothes and boots on the wet days.
The Operations manager intends to add more electric hook-up points in response to general feedback on the camping field.
We hope to welcome you again soon.
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to review your camping experience at YHA Okehampton. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that your son took advantage of the activity programme which we run during the holidays.
This is a Youth Hostel with a camping field, so all the facilities are in the building and thus a discounted rate is available to members, as part of their membership benefits, which may offer better value for longer stays.
After reading and hearing different customer feedback, we have put in place a better grass cutting system, although the weather wasn't at it's best for a few days hence the field was wetter than it usually is.
The Operations manager intends to add more electric hook-up points in response to other feedback on the camping field.
I will pass your suggestions about hand trolleys and cafe service to the operations manager for review for the coming holidays.
We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Okehampton: West Street Coach Stop
— 0.6 miles
0.6 miles Tavistock Bus Station — 14.3 miles
14.3 miles Yelverton (Devon): Roundabout Bus Stop — 17.1 miles
- Train stations
Okehampton Rail Station
— 0.0 miles
0.0 miles Sampford Courtenay Rail Station — 3.3 miles
3.3 miles Morchard Road Rail Station — 11.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing
— 21.8 miles
21.8 miles Topsham Lock Ferry Landing — 23.3 miles
23.3 miles Topsham Ferry Landing — 23.4 miles
Exeter International Airport
— 25.4 miles
Stick close to home to explore Okehampton and its surrounding villages, roam around Dartmoor, head to the north or south Devon coasts or cross the border into Cornwall – depending on your energy levels after all that abseiling.
The town of Okehampton is on the edge of Dartmoor and has the Museum of Dartmoor Life in its 18th-century mill telling the tale of those who have lived and worked in the area for centuries past (there are often evening visits available for those who’ve been swinging from ropes all day).
During the day – partly because it’s only open until five or six and partly because it’s haunted – take a trip to medieval Okehampton Castle, the ruins of Devon’s biggest castle. The 1920s Castle Drogo, with formal garden, tours and events including vintage car rallies and fancy dress, is about 20 minutes’ drive from the hostel.
From Okehampton there are nearby villages galore to explore and walks from the hostel over the moors, woodlands, tors and ancient monuments of Dartmoor.
Take the Belstone Walk past the healing stone (lie on it and think of the part of your body that needs fixed), or walk along the Meldon Viaduct to Black-a-Tor Copse to take in bluebell woods and an ancient oak woodland nature reserve: go here in May to see the best of the bluebells and rare plants.
Flower fans will also like the RHS gardens at Rosemoor 20 minutes’ drive from Okehampton; there are over 40 other gardens in Devon if this sort of stuff makes you bloom.
Devon – and Cornwall – have seaside towns, cracking cuisine, piles of stately homes and some of the best beaches in the country, most within an hour’s drive or less.
The Eden Project is about an hour’s drive along the A30 and Bude and Newquay are both reachable from Okehampton by bus. Keep Sundays free too: there’s a train direct from the hostel to Exeter to mosey around the castle, cathedral, Roman remains and shops.
- Castle Drogo (8.4 miles)
- RHS Garden Rosemoor (15.8 miles)
- Buckfast Abbey (19.1 miles)
- Finch Foundry (3.0 miles)
- Lydford Gorge (7.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
Check-in is possible until 10pm between July and August. If you arrive after this time, please pitch up and report to reception upon re-opening the following morning.
Okehampton Youth Hostel cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
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