YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor

Bracken Tor, Saxongate, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1QW


Sitting within the Dartmoor National Park, YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor Adventure Centre offers a unique combination of woodland, wildlife, wilderness and accessibility. It is set within 4 acres of landscaped grounds, with stunning views over north Devon. For groups, two separate accommodation buildings allow smaller groups to enjoy their own space, each building with leader rooms, drying rooms, meeting areas and outdoor activity sites. A separate building provides catered groups with a dining room that seats 77.

Okehampton is ideally situated on the edge of the National Park, whilst the moors, tors, crags and lakes that we use as our outdoor learning venues are all within easy reach for our fleet of minibuses. Just beyond Bracken Tor, you can walk on footpaths onto Dartmoor, and the Sustrans cycling track is a short distance down the main road.

On-site activities can include archery, high ropes course, orienteering, climbing wall, team building exercises, cycle tours and night walks/navigation challenges. Off site, our numerous venues ensure the great locations for rock-climbing, gorge-scrambling, abseiling, canoeing, raft- building and weaselling, and include themed watersports or Meldon days that combine several activities in one experience.

Every aspect of our Adventure Activity provision is carefully designed to enhance a group’s learning potential and the overall quality of the experience. Activity groups will be guided through the basic skills required, enabling participants to experience the adrenaline rush as they push their personal boundaries and their confidence grows.

Whatever fully inclusive package is chosen, we work with group leaders to ensure that the programme, venue, content and style are all adjusted to optimise both the group and individual learning opportunities. We can also work to provide accessible adventures for all – any group can add on some activity inputs to enhance their stay. Our accommodation and many activities are accessible to groups or individuals with significant learning and/or physical disabilities.

Why Groups love YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor

Quiet base for Adventure Okehampton activities

"Excellent" 90%

Customer Satisfaction based on 14 scores

Per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 77

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our youth hostels across England and Wales.

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards, please visit Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded

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Packages available at YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor

Action Adventure package


Suitable for ages 8+

Amazing adventures in the great outdoors

Amazing adventures in the great outdoors don’t come much better than this. Our Action Adventure packages are designed to make the most of the natural world around us and as a result they really take the challenges up a level.


  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • High ropes
  • Leap of faith
  • Night hike
  • Raft building
  • Weaseling

Prices from


Per person, per night, based on a two night stay* (ex VAT)

Multi-Activity package

Archery Target Practice

Suitable for ages 8+

Challenges for the brain and body

Full of challenges for the brain and body our multi-activity packages are designed to engage participants through practical PE based activity. This package offers a mixture of adventurous and on-site activities that make the most of the great outdoors and the hostel locality.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Bushcraft & fire lighting
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Guided walk
  • Orienteering
  • Team challenges

Prices from


Per person, per night, based on a two night stay* (ex VAT)

YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor does not currently offer packages

Bolt-ons available at YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor

YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor does not currently offer bolt-ons

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



General: Test

  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle hire
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • On-site shop
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & Drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

How to get here

Bracken Tor, Saxongate, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1QW

By car and coach:
From the east: leave the A30 at Okehampton junction and follow the road for about one mile into the town. At the third set of traffic lights, on a crossroads junction, turn left following the signs to Okehampton Station and Youth Hostel. After 200m, take the third turning right up Station Road. Follow this road, passing over the railway bridge and A30. There is a small turning on the right, after the dual carriageway, which leads to an unmade road to YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor. Large coaches will not find this easy to access, seek advice from our managers for large groups arriving by coach. Do not use the postcode for GPS Sat Nav as it may try to direct you up an access road for emergency vehicles only. Set your Sat Nav for Okehampton town centre and once there, use the postcode.

OS Map: 191
OS Grid Ref: SX583933
Latitude: 50.72727
Longitude: -4.0014
YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor