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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, we’ll bet our climbing rope (or poolside cocktail) that you’ll like the campsite attached to Okehampton Youth Hostel, an activity centre on the edge of Dartmoor with all sorts of outdoor adventures for all ages arranged on site, and with the walking and biking of Dartmoor all around (bikes – and tandems! – are available for hire at the hostel).
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.
If there's six or more of you up for a challenge, you can book a group activity together at the campsite at any time. If your fellow campers aren't all up for such outdoor pursuits, during school holidays the site allows bookings for individual dare devils and groups smaller than six, so there's nothing to hold you back if you want to give something wild a whirl.
Once you stagger back to base, the level grass pitches at Okehampton are in the grounds of the youth hostel which has been converted from a Victorian railway shed and recently updated. All tenty types have full use of the facilities including showers, loos, free wifi, TV and games rooms and a self-catering kitchen.
If all the adrenaline above sounds a tad too much, plenty of peeps come to Okehampton for a chillsome time too: there are activities like walks, craft and quiz nights and campfire nights laid on in the evenings, 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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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
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Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Completely superb, amazing staff, beautiful camping area, amazing.
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
From the east
Leave the A30 at Okehampton (B3260) junction, and turn right at the end of the slip road. Follow this road for 2 miles into Okehampton town centre. In the town centre, you will pass straight through 2 sets of traffic lights. 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. After about 200m, take the third 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 the 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 third 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 hostel car park is behind the goods shed.
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 eighteenth 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 5 or 6pm 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; let us know if it works), 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
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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