21st January, 2022

4 great Dartmoor pubs on the Granite Way

Highwayman Inn (Julie Mac, Creative Commons)

Hop on the train to Okehampton, then explore the Granite Way to Lydford and treat yourself to a cosy pub lunch along the way – including at “Britain’s most unusual inn”.

Advance notice: Engineering works mean buses replace trains 19-27 Feb and 25 April to 9 May on the Dartmoor Line. The good news – this work will enable an hourly train service to start in May.

What is the Granite Way?
The Granite Way is an 11-mile multi-use trail starting at Okehampton station. It crosses the towering Meldon Viaduct – with great panoramic views – en route to the picturesque village of Lydford. There are four great pubs along the trail.

Explore by bike
Bikes are permitted on Dartmoor Line trains but please note that spaces are limited and are on a first-come-first-served basis. (If travelling on the main line, bike spaces must be pre-booked.)

Alternatively, hire bikes and e-bikes directly opposite Okehampton station (over the footbridge). Top tip – hire a lock too, so you can chain up your bike when you stop at the pubs.

Go by onward bus
Don’t fancy cycling? Visit each of the pubs on the 118 bus from right outside Okehampton station. Buses are conveniently timed with arriving and departing trains. They stop at (or very close to) each pub.

 

The pubs

All four pubs are very popular, so booking is advised.

The Highwayman Inn


Described as “the most unusual pub in Britain”, this allegedly haunted 11th-century inn is filled with eclectic artifacts and curiosities – it’s a real experience (remember to say hi to the sarcophagus!). Serving lunch and dinner daily, with fantastic options for vegetarians and vegans.

Website | 4.7 miles from Okehampton station | 13min on 118 bus (plus 3min walk)

Bearslake Inn


A dog-friendly, thatched pub, nestled in the beautiful North West corner of Dartmoor National Park. Having lived in Dartmoor for over 10 years, the owners understand the importance of a fine country pub, serving fresh local produce for lunch and dinner daily.

Website | 6.1 miles from Okehampton station | 15min on 118 bus (plus 2min walk)

Dartmoor Inn


A 16th century inn with oak-beams, slate-floors and a contemporary bar. The Dartmoor Inn is open for lunch and dinner Wed – Sat and Sunday lunch. They adapt the menu depending on what their local producers have in season – so there’s always something new and delicious to try.

Website | 8 miles from Okehampton station | 19min on 118 bus (plus 1min walk)

Castle Inn


The Castle Inn is a quintessential 16th century inn, resting on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park, with low ceilings, wonky walls, open fires and character in abundance. The pub is situated in the quiet, charming village of Lydford and is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Website | 8.7 miles from Okehampton station | 21min on 118 bus

 

More to explore in Lydford
Right next door to the Castle Inn, explore Lydford Castle. Or take the 5min walk to Lydford Gorge.

Other pubs to visit by train

Okehampton town centre has a range of pubs to explore, or take the scenic walk from the station to Belstone (directions) to the Tors Inn (pictured above) with its amazing Dartmoor views.

Further afield, check out our Rail Ale Trails on Devon and Cornwall’s other branch lines.

Train times and tickets
Look up train times and buy tickets on the GWR website or GWR app.

The journey from Exeter to Okehampton takes approximately 40 minutes, with trains running every two hours. The Anytime Day Return fare is £8.00.