We have just returned from a 9 day holiday spent camping in the grounds of Okehampton YHA. We didn't have the best weather of the summer (July 2009) but had a thoroughly good time. If you thought staying in the hostel was good value - try camping - £20 per night for a family of four. The only other campers were either youth groups or scout troops who only stayed for one night, and were all noticeably well-behaved.
The youth hostel was clean, and staff very kind and friendly. The layout was excellent with a large screen TV in the dining room, and another TV in the large and comfortable lounge - all perfect for the evening when spending a wet camping holiday with teenagers!
The location was excellent, with Okehampton leisure centre a 10 minute walk downhill - we played tennis, badminton, and swam. The bike hire at the youth hostel was the cheapest we'd ever come across, and you could join the Granite Way off road cycle track right outside the hostel. Very easy access to the countryside via the local park. We did get two dry days, and drove to the nearest beach - beautiful Bude, 35 minutes away.
We did not find the hosted too crowded, even during the summer holidays, and in fact, one of the best things was that as all the resident adventurers had to be on their activities by 9.30am, we always had the place to ourselves by the time we had ventured out of the tents. Oh, and we had as much space as we wanted on the field.
All in all, a thoroughly good (and cheap!) time was had by all!
- Also Known As:
- Okehampton YHA Devon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the edge of Dartmoor with direct access to the moor we offer friendly budget accommodation for families, groups and individuals. This Devon Hostel provides self-catering, bed and breakfast or full board accommodation although special diets (e.g. gluten-free) require advance notice. A range of over 20 different adventure activities can be booked including Big Oke Abseil, high ropes, archery, rock climbing, gorge scrambling, mountain boarding, watersports, cycling and pony-trekking. Cycle Hire available on site. During school holidays the Rail Bar serves beer, wine and local cider. Parking for 28 cars. ... more less
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