A Victorian Landscape Walk

Meldon Viaduct, Okehampton, Devon

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Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Start/End point: Meldon Viaduct

Meldon Viaduct, to the west of Okehampton, is a superb example of Victorian engineering. Now a significant landscape feature, it was built to carry the old London and South West Railway main line to Plymouth in the 1870s.

Closed to trains in the 1960s, it is now available to walkers and cyclists and offers superb views over the edge of Dartmoor. This walk starts at the Viaduct and includes several elements of Victorian interest on this northern edge of Dartmoor.

Relevant maps/guides: Explorer (1:25,000) no 113 Okehampton; Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) no 28 Dartmoor; Landranger (1:50,000) no 191 Okehampton & North Dartmoor

Facilities along route: Meldon Viaduct (refreshments, toilets); Meldon Reservoir (toilets); Sourton (buses, pub); Okehampton Station has refreshments, toilets and information.

Notes on route: One steady climb. One short, sharp climb. No stiles.
Theme: Moorland, Heritage
Special Interest: Nature, Wildlife
Area: Dartmoor National Park

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  • Circular Route
  • Moderate Route

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Road Directions

There is car parking available at Okehampton Station and Meldon Reservoir.

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Public Transport Directions

Meldon is situated approximately 4km/2.5 miles west of Okehampton. The Dartmoor Pony railway from Okehampton Station operates from April to October. Trains run between Okehampton and Meldon every Saturday and Sunday, and on certain other days. For more information, visit www.dartmoorrailway.co.uk.Connection trains to Okehampton from Crediton/Exeter (operated by Wessex Trains) only run on summer Sundays.

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