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One Day of Adventure Activities

Family Rock Days: New Day Activity sessions for Families offering mix of bouldering and climbing at venues on Dartmoor. Small groups offering a great day out. £45 per person.

Paddle Expeditions: New Day Activity sessions for Families and Individuals offering a day paddling down one of Devon's great rivers. Small groups offering a great day out. £60 per person.

1 star Paddlesport: New Day Activity sessions for Families and Individuals offering a day learning new skills to level of BCU's 1 star paddlesport courses. Small groups offering a great day out.

Skills Courses
Kayaking and Canoe courses: Our Kayaking and Canoe courses have been completely changed to be more flexible to the ability of groups/individuals wanting to take up this exciting sport. We now offer 2 day weekend course, 3 full days over several weekends or 5 half-day courses. To read more

Family Holidays 2015

Family Holidays The adventure activity holidays offer accommodation, catering and activities providing fun for all of the family. Both en-suite and family rooms are available for these great value holidays.

Check out by clicking families or by selecting the link below

  • Summer 2-4 night Short Multi-activity Adventures
    Select which days you want to stay, and then choose from the activities available within the programme on those days. Activities from Pony-trekking to Archery, Climbing to Watersports.

Schools and Groups 2016

Check out our 2016 prices for booking individual adventure activity sessions and School Residential Trips, with some old favourite activities back for schools and families.

Availability: There are occasional special offers posted for teachers on the TES forum.

Bookings are now being taken for 2016 to 2018.





Cycle Hire on Granite Way Devon

Get active and hire a bike from Adventure Okehampton (YHA) for only £14.00 per day! Follow the Granite Way, one of the flatter cycle trails in Devon, and you can go straight from the hostel and head out along the trail as far as you want to go.  We also have direct access onto the moors, so you can explore the permitted Mountain Bike trails in Dartmoor National Park.

Opening Hours: 17th March to 30th November 2019

Hire outside these hours is possible, by prior arrangement.

Bike Hire Reception:    9.00am - 5.00pm

We use Giant bikes and have All Terrain Bicycles suitable for adults and children, as well as more traditional adult bikes. For youngsters that cannot cycle themselves we have tag-a-long bikes and towing baby chariots.

The Granite Way (click here to download leaflet) is mostly built along the course of the former Southern Region railway line and is entirely off-road for 6miles/9kms between Okehampton and Lydford. This trail is ideal for families and those new to regular cycling, as it's well surfaced and easy to navigate.

We have a large fleet of modern 'Giant' branded all terrain bicycles suitable for all ages, so usually hire is possible at most times, but in doubt, please call or email to reserve a bike.  For large groups discounts may be possible.

Bike Hire Prices

Adult -Full Day   (up to 8 hours) £14.00
Adult - Half Day (up to 4 hours) £12.00
Child - Full Day  (up to 8 hours) £12.00
Child - Half Day (up to 4 hours) £10.00
Baby Chariot £7.00
Tag-a-long £7.00
Helmets £3.00
Padlocks £3.00

We consider we are one of the best value cycle hire venues in the region, and this is not reflected in the equipment you will be using, as many of our bikes are Giant Bikes, and our workshop keeps them well maintained, and if there are any issues on route, just give us a call, and we'll send out help

We do ask for a deposit to be left with us either car keys, drivers licence or a bank card which can be collected on return of the bikes.

The Cycle Hire Shop is now managed as Granite Way Cycle Hire and Sales, based at YHA Okehampton. You can try out a bike, and then decide to buy it.  The Cycle Shop also will undertake cycle servicing and cycle set-up for you.  See Granitewaycycle.co.uk for more information.

Cycle hire can be booked in advance at the Adventure Okehampton reception on 01837 53916 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view i.


Useful Links

Planning a school residential visit

Department of Education (external link, opens new window)

Schoolzone Article on planning a residential visit (external link, opens new window)

Dartmoor National Park resources

Junior Fact Shhets (Archaeology, Nature, Tors) (external link, opens new window)

Archaeology Fact Sheets (Secondary) (external link, opens new window)

Geology Fact Sheets (Secondary) (external link, opens new window)

RIGS Information Sheets

Meldon Quarry

Planning a Dartmoor Walking Holiday

If you would like a roundtrip walking holiday over Dartmoor, then consider our 3 day trip involving a walk between Okehampton, Princetown, Bellever and return to Okehampton.

Accommodation in local towns from Dartmoor Partnership, Fox Tor Bunkhouse and Cafe, Princetown,

If you would like to use Okehampton as a centre to stay for going rock-climbing, then check out our information page on Climbing on Dartmoor.

Dartmoor information sources:

Dartmoor Mountain Rescue Team (external link, opens new window)

Dartmoor Partnership (external link, opens new window)

Mountain Biking on Dartmoor (external link, opens new window)

Okehampton Tourist Information Centre

The Tourist Office is based in the courtyard by the Museum of Dartmoor life in the town centre.  The opening hours are mainly restricted to the holiday periods, however there is a web-site with local information, as well as an accommodation board outside the Museum. High Season: Mon - Sat 10am - 5.00pm Low Season: Mon, Fri & Sat 10am - 4.30pm

Tel: 01837 53020 Fax: 01837 55225

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Ruby Country information


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Okehampton and Around

meldon ViaductFind out more about things to do around Okehampton and further afield on Dartmoor. You can walk straight onto Dartmoor to Yes Tor, the highest point in Southern England.

Visit picture postcard villages with thatched cottages, ancient standing stones, rugged coastlines with surf beaches. Being at the heart of the West Country makes the hostel an ideal base to explore the countryside, Dartmoor National Park and the stunning coasts.

Things to do in and around Okehampton

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 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 2010 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.

To the west of Okehampton

Finch Foundry 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.

Contact the local National Trust office for information on events at Castle Drogo (tel 01647 433306).

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.

The valley is administered by the National Trust. It is about 20 minutes drive from Okehampton or alternatively you can cycle along the Sustrans Trail. There are guided walks on some days, looking at the wildlife in the valley. Contact the local National Trust office for information on events at Lydford Gorge.

For information on events and guided walk tel 01822 820320. Booking is essential for some events and tearooms are present.

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.