Okehampton

Okehampton is an ancient Saxon settlement, awash with history, and a offers a few surprises, not least of which is the Museum of Dartmoor Life, which is well worth a visit.

Written records documenting Okehampton's existence date back to the year 980. The town was pretty much the seat of a medieval baronny (belonging to French aristocracy) for a long time, until Henry VIII seized all the lands, including the once splendid Okehampton Castle. The castle ruins are supposedly haunted.

Just outside Okehampton you will find Eastcott Vinyard, where internationally renowned wines are produced.

This is a busy, bustling town, and is undoubtedly the economic powerhouse of the immediate region.

Haile Selassie, once Emperor of Ethiopia, and founder of the Rasta Farian religion once stayed at the White Hart Hotel in Okehampton for quite some time.

There are many B & B's in and around Okehampton, and many pubs, inns and eateries, as well as several large supermarkets, so hungry, weary cyclists are well catered for. There is also a youth hostel at the train station, though they tend to be booked up well in advance.


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