On leaving Okehampton, you will see Okehampton Castle and breathtaking views over Dartmoor and the local countryside. The Castle is one of the most extensive castle ruins in Devon with a Norman motte , added to in the 11th and 14th centuries. Owned by the Earl of Devon, it was destroyed in 1539 by Henry VIII who executed the Earl for treason.
From Meldon Viaduct, there are wonderful views of Meldon Dam and Dartmoor. Below the viaduct you will see remains of fascinating man-made workings that remind you of how much Dartmoor has been shaped by man’s activities over the centuries.
Further west heading towards Lydford you will crosss the great stone viaduct of Lake with even more stunning views of Dartmoor.
At Lydford, the Castle is well worth a visit. It has an imposing keep which was a formal gaol and the scene of many hangings.