Okehampton is on the northern edge of Dartmoor on the River Okement.The name is obviously derived from the River which is from the Celtic meaning fast and noisy. Although there is some evidence of early settlements in area, the town is believed to have been founded when the Saxons arrived in the area. It is situated on the main A30 route into Cornwall and as such has always been a strategically important town.
Other interesting buildings in the town include Chapel of St James dating from 15th century and the Museum of Dartmoor Life housed in a mill.
Okehampton is promoted as the gateway to Dartmoor and as such it is an ideal base to for visitors to use when they wish to enjoy one of Britain's most beautiful untamed landscapes. As well as walking, people can join in a number of activities including horse riding and cycling