We are in a great location for walking and exploring with Dartmoor right on our doorstep. Take a drive up to one of the nearby villages for a stroll on the moor and to take in the views. Belstone is just 10 minutes drive away and boasts some spectacular scenery. Make sure you take your hat if you are walking up to Belstone Tor as it can get a bit windy up there! The village has a pub and tea rooms and free-ranging sheep, cows and ponies, so please drive s l o w l y.
If you've brought your bikes along, the Granite Way can be found in Okehampton: a scenic mostly flat & traffic free cycle route - great for walking or exploring by bike. In the summer months there is a cafe open at Meldon and at Okehampton Train Station plus further on The Bearslake Inn and The Clastle Inn at Lydford are great options for lunch. If you fancy hiring bikes, Devon Cycle Hire is 10 minute drive from O'Connors Campers and has direct access onto the Granite Way.
Okehampton YHA runs a programme of outdoor activities in the spring and summer, so if your family likes a challenge do take a look at what they have to offer. Gorge Scrambling is an all-time favourite (maybe not for the nervous character) and offers an exhilarating trek through Dartmoor's rivers, streams and waterfalls.
Okehampton has a range of eateries ideal for a tasty meal. If you are looking for a spot of breakfast, Coffee at Grants in the Red Lion Arcade is a winner. Toast (next to Lloyds Bank) is a great option for lunch serving fresh paninis, soups and sandwiches, plus the best coffee around. Rumour has it their cream teas are wonderful, too! At the top of town, Farmer Luxtons Shop (just past Mole Avon) has a lovely new cafe: they make their own sausage rolls and pasties and the farm shop itself is fabulous. This would also be a perfect place to stock up on some delicious local produce once you've collected your campervan. Easily accessible from the main road and with a large car park: perfect for campervans!
If the kids (or dog!) fancy a run around Okehampton has a beautiful landscaped park with a range of play equipment: just five minutes from our workshop. You could stock up on picnic nosh from Waitrose, Lidl or the Co Op and enjoy an al fresco meal while the kids get some fresh air. You'll find riverside walks to explore and a cafe in the lesire centre there too.
Okehampton Castle is 10 minutes away. Run by English Heritage, this peaceful scenic site bosts impressive ruins. I would recommend the tour with headphones - it really brings the whole castle to life. Our kids loved hearing the atmospheric narrative and talked about it for days afterwards. A sound educational experience.
Castle Drogo - just 25 minutes from Okehampton, Castle Drogo is owned by The National Trust. The high, moorland location is breath-taking and the grounds and riverside walks are stunning. The castle itself is really interesting - the last of its kind the be built in England. Great on-site restaurant, activities and trails for the kids. Something for everyone.
The Miniature Pony Centre - a pretty 40 minute drive from Okehampton, this outdoor centre will appeal to families with younger children. Lots to see and do with a great cafe, lovely views and relaxed atmosphere. Our kids loved this place and we regularly stayed all day!