The Dartmoor Line
After nearly 50 years, daily passenger rail services to Exeter have returned to Okehampton.
The Dartmoor Line becomes the first line to be reinstated under the Department for Transport’s ‘Restoring your Railway’ initiative.
The route connects Exeter St Davids, Crediton and Okehampton providing a launchpad for visitors to explore Dartmoor and regional links for local commuters.
Around half of services, including at peak times, also carry on to Exeter Central. The reopening of the route is expected to boost local businesses, the tourism sector, and provide greater access to education and work for thousands of people who live locally.
Although there is limited space for bikes on the train, cycle hire is available next door to the station which opens up the whole of Dartmoor for car-free travel and holidays. Many accommodation providers on the moor welcome cyclists and have drying/storage facilities on site, and there are a multitude of cycle routes and trails across Dartmoor – visitdartmoor.co.uk/get-active/cycling-on-dartmoor
All photos: ©Great Western Railway
The Train Service
With a journey time of approximately 40 minutes between Okehampton and Exeter, the Dartmoor Line will provide great opportunities for work, study and leisure travel.
The Initial Timetable
There will be trains every two hours each way, seven days a week, between Okehampton, Crediton and Exeter St Davids, including services for daily commuters.
More than half of Monday to Friday services will also call at Exeter Central, including the key peak services. From 12th December, more than half of weekend services will too.
Train connecting bus timetable and town
map once in Okehampton
Timetable It takes roughly 15 minutes to walk from the station down to Okehampton town centre, but leave 20 minutes to walk back up! Or you can save your legs by taking the 118 bus, please see the timetable to the right, or download the leaflet below.
This timetable is for the period 12th December 2021 – 14th May 2022
Hourly service in 2022
Additional infrastructure work will take place on the route to enable GWR to increase the service to hourly during 2022.
OKEHAMPTON – EXETER in approx. 40 minutes – £8.00
Anytime Day Return.