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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.

This site is a member of YHA group.

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Please note that activities are subject to extra charges. For more information please check our terms and conditions in the 'Policies' tab on our listing.

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Party: 2 adults


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Completely superb, amazing staff, beautiful camping area, amazing. 01/06/2016

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  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    All the staff were amazing, the facilties were clean and tidy all the time. The camping Spot was really really pretty, quiet and far enough away from the hostel so you couldn't hear any noise from it ( not that it was loud anyway) good food, reasonable pricing all round. A breathtaking train ride from right outside takes you to an awesome viaduct with views stretching right across dartmoor. Awesome.


    We had to come home, that's it!!!

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Cycle hire

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Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Bar nearby

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Shop nearby


Small (11-25 pitches)


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  • Klondyke Road Okehampton, Devon, England, EX20 1EW
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7319°N 3.9958°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Okehampton: West Street Coach Stop — 0.6 miles
Tavistock Bus Station — 14.3 miles
Yelverton (Devon): Roundabout Bus Stop — 17.1 miles
Train stations
Okehampton Rail Station — 0.0 miles
Sampford Courtenay Rail Station — 3.3 miles
Morchard Road Rail Station — 11.8 miles
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 21.8 miles
Topsham Lock Ferry Landing — 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.

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

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.

Must see

  • Castle Drogo (8.4 miles)
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (15.8 miles)
  • Buckfast Abbey (19.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Finch Foundry (3.0 miles)
  • Lydford Gorge (7.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

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


Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.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

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 and is non-refundable.


A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Additional terms

Cars must be returned to car park after unloading.

Bike hire is charged at £10 per adult per day and £8 per child per day.

Activities can be booked for a minimum group size of 6 people at any time. Individual activity bookings are available during the school holidays (Easter, half term and summer holidays). These taster sessions start at £20 per person (archery, climbing wall, bushcraft or weaselling – for age 5 upwards), £25 for high octane experiences of Kayaking (age 5 upwards), High Ropes, Rock Climbing, Mountain Boarding (age 8 upwards) and Big Oke Abseil (Age 14 upwards). Full day paddle experiences on the River Exe start at £49 per person.

Campfire nights, night walks and other evening activities are also scheduled in these summer holiday periods and are charge at £4 per person.