East Okement Valley
Have you tried the walk around the East Okement Valley yet? It is a moderate level walk and is about 3.5 miles – a great walk with your dog. There are many beautiful views along the way.
Leave your car at Okehampton Railway Station and walk out of the car park, turning sharp right and follow that path into the wooded area. This is the route of a long disused mineral tramway. Follow the path for 3/4 mile, looping left near the East Okement River and then right to pass beneath Fatherford viaduct. Here the path runs into beautiful woodland and carries on up river on the west bank.
The path crosses the Moor Brook by a footbridge 800 yards from the viaduct, and continues up the main river. The path gets steep so take care walking this section. The path then levels out and drops to a place called Chapel Ford, where you will find a footbridge across the East Okement, as well as stepping stones and a ford.
Retrace your steps for 150 yards to a path junction on the slope and take the higher path instead of the valley path you came along. There is a steep climb through the woods but it is fairly short. When the path reaches the wall at the top and leaves the woods, follow it around to the west, around the hillside, where there are large gorse bushes on your right.
The views are spectacular. It is worth stopping to catch your breath and look around at this point. Your dog will love it also. Perhaps time for a quick snack, and a rest? Once you have had a break, make for the corner ahead, bear left and up a lane leading to an open space just outside Lower Halstock Farm. Pass through the gate and the farmyard and take the far road to the top of Camp Hill and along here you will see Okehampton Camp over to your left.
Make sure you keep outside of the firing area as live ammunition is being used, these are marked by red flags on the flagpole in the vicinity. When you reach Camp Hill turn right and enter the lowest of the 2 gates, following the well defined path to the bottom exit of this field. From the gate follow the track down under the railway to the station yard.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.