Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council Website

Parish Clerk: Mrs Jane Gillard
Incott Farm, Sampford Courtney
Okehampton EX20 2SR

Tel: 01837 557285


The Parish of Okehampton Hamlets is a rural parish situated in beautiful countryside in West Devon. It is made up of the hamlets of Brightley, Southcott, Meldon and Stockley. The parish occupies 15.48 square miles and has a population of over 500.

The hamlet of Southcott is predominantly agricultural with a number of small agricultural enterprises having merged into one larger agricultural unit to secure a sound base for an industry which has experienced significant problems in recent years.  

The hamlet of Brightley lies to the north of Okehampton. The River Okement runs through the hamlet dividing Abbeyford Woods from flat farmland. Farming and forestry are the main commercial activity along with Brookite. The leat which once powered Brightley Mill (now a kite factory) can still be seen and just inside the hamlet at Brightley Farm stands a wall, dating back to the 12th Century, on the site of an ancient Abbey, hence the name Abbeyford Woods.

The hamlet of Meldon is rich in industrial archaeological remains. There are stunning views from Meldon Dam across the ravine towards Meldon Viaduct which is now part of the National Cycle Route and a network of paths around Meldon Quarries, now a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, and through the ancient woodlands at Meldon Woods which, in May, are carpeted with bluebells. 

Meldon Woods belongs to Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council and the Council is working with the Dartmoor National Park Authority to reintroduce traditional coppicing techniques to increase biodiversity and as a result the woodland now supports a variety of wildlife including roe deer, foxes, wrens and tree creepers.

Click here to download the Parish Map as a pdf.


Latest Parish News



Next meeting - a virtual meeting will be held Tuesday 7th July 7.30 pm.  Members of the public and press are welcome to attend, details of how to log into the meeting are included on the agenda.  The agenda can be viewed in the Minutes and Agenda section of this website.  Documents relating to the agenda can be viewed on the Documents  (Other) section of this website.

CORONAVIRUS -   All face to face meetings have currently been postponed.  The Council is however still operating, please contact The Clerk, The Chairman or Councillors in the usual way. 

Useful points of contact during this Emergency -

For local residents requiring practical help and support eg shopping, collecting medication etc contact the local Okehampton Support Group -


Other local support can be found on a document 'Coronavirus Support' which can be viewed from the Documents page on this website.

Other sources of help are -

Medical Advice
Government Guidelines
Government Help and Support
HMRC Coronavirus Helpline
0800 015 9559
HMRC Self-Assessment Payment Helpline
0300 200 3822

Helpful information can also be found on the Devon County Council website at www.devon.gov.uk/document/coronavirus-advice-in-devon.

Beating the Bounds - planned for  Wednesday 19th August 2020 however due the current situation it is not yet know if the event will be able to be held.  Confirmation to follow.





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