Trains, buses, refreshments and parking.
Rail timetable change from May 21st
The revised timetable for the Dartmoor Line is in force from Sunday May 21st. We're told that the very useful, pocket-sized printed copies will no longer be available, but you can still download a PDF copy - see GWR link below.
The changes are minor, but it's still worth ensuring that you have the latest information. Our thanks to Tony Hill for the following summary of the changes:
Departure times of trains from Okehampton to Exeter are unchanged, with the exception that on Mondays to Saturdays the 1326 departs at 1325 and on Sundays the 1525 departs at 1523 and the 2201 at 2204.
Trains from Exeter are also unchanged except on Mondays to Saturdays the 0733 from Exeter Central starts at St Davids at 0738 and on Mondays to Fridays the 1734 from Central starts at 1735 and on Saturdays the 1733 from Ctl starts at 1732. On Sundays the 1943 from St David starts at 1942 and the 2118 starts at 2122.
Industrial action is expected to impact services between May 11th and 20th, and between May 31st and June 3rd. On some dates there will be no service at all. Please check with www.gwr.com/strike before travelling.
Exeter-Okehampton rail service
The Exeter-Okehampton rail service is operated by Great Western Railway. Rather than trying to reproduce the latest timetable and give up-to-date short term service information, we provide a few links so that potential travellers can get accurate information from the horse's mouth.
Look up basic train info and buy tickets at https://www.gwr.com/travel-information.
Check for service problems at https://www.gwr.com/check.
Alternatively you might like to try Trainline
You can download a timetable in PDF format from http://gwr.com/timetables. The timetable for our line is D2. Timetables are revised every May and December.
Tavistock bus service
Dartline Coaches operates the 118 bus service between Okehampton and Tavistock, the timetable for which can be seen at https://bustimes.org/services/118-tavistock-okehampton.
Other bus services to and from Okehampton
Following a number of changes recently, Devon County Council has now published the latest West Devon Area timetables at https://www.devonbustimetables.info/current/west_devon/.
In particular note the changes to Service 5 (Exeter - Crediton - Okehampton/Barnstaple/Chulmleigh) and Service 6 (Exeter – Okehampton – Holsworthy – Bude/Launceston).
[For those interested in some of the background to the changes, there's informed commentary at https://busandtrainuser.com/2022/03/10/a-new-chapter-for-stagecoach/.]
Okehampton Station Cafe
More properly called the Bulleid Buffet (*) after Oliver Bulleid, the Southern Railway's innovative engineer, the station cafe is run by Leanne Knight and her team from The Amazing Brownie Bakers of Lifton. From the 1st of November the cafe will move to winter hours which will be:
Monday to Saturday 0800 to 1600 (food served 0900 to 1500)
Sunday 1000 to 1600 (food served 1000 to 1500).
The Bulleid Buffet has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/people/The-Bulleid-Buffet/100085965062565/. They can be contacted on 07410 609160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(*) but please, not Bullied
Parking at Okehampton Station
Parking at Okehampton Station only costs £2 per day. For dropping off and picking up, 20 minutes is free. Numberplate recognition is used. The carpark is managed by APCOA. Further details at https://dartmoorline.com/2022/04/car-park-charges-at-okehampton-start-from-1-may/.
For more details of APCOA, or if you wish to contact them, their entry for the Okehampton Station carpark is at https://www.apcoa.co.uk/parking-in/okehampton/okehampton-station/.