Sourton Tors, Sourton, Dartmoor National Park

Sourton Tors, Sourton, Dartmoor National Park

Huge sunset views over the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty into Cornwall

Sourton is a small village on the A386 road that skirts the western side of Dartmoor National Park's high moors. Sourton Tors are a collection of rocky outcrops that rise on steps of moorland above the village.

The number of outcrops and the fact that they are dispersed across steps of moorland make the tors particularly impressive. What makes them essential visiting is the huge view west over the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty into Cornwall.

The location is magnificent at sunset and perfect for a summer picnic.

 

Location of Sourton Tors

Dartmoor’s highest ground is in the north west section of the national park. The moor drops relatively steeply to the A386 which is the main road on Dartmoor’s western border. Sourton Tors are located relatively close to the road by Sourton village.

Sourton Tors are in Dartmoor National Park and close to the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We've positioned Sourton Tors on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see their location.

 

Directions to, and parking at, Sourton Tors

Follow the A386 south west from the Okehampton area or north from the Tavistock area and you’ll come to the unmissable Highwayman Inn by the side of the road in the heart of this small village. Billed as ‘the most unusual pub in Britain’, it looks out at Sourton’s Church of St Thomas a Becket and the flank of the high moor and Sourton Tors.

There’s limited parking in Sourton village by the 10th century OXO Stone and church. This small parking area is on the eastern side of the A386. The Highwayman Inn is to the west of the road. 

If you can’t find parking in Sourton, there’s much more parking just north east on Prewley Moor. An access road cuts across the Granite Way and you’ll see plenty of parking spots on the moor.

Note that there’s also a big grassy car parking area down by the Dartmoor Inn (at the turning for Lydford) as well. Again, you follow an access road to the moor behind the pub. It’s a much longer walk to get to Sourton Tors from here but it’s easy walking and the views are sensational.

 

Recommended route to Sourton Tors for the first time

The easiest route is from the car parking area by Sourton’s Church of St Thomas a Becket across the road from the pub.

From there, you follow a path that runs along a bridge that spans the Granite Way to a gate that leads you out onto the moor.

Sourton Tors rise in front of you. Wide tracks run through bracken and long grass to the outcrops. There's a trig point at the top but you'll need to yomp up the steps of moorland.

 

Other routes and directions to Sourton Tors

As is the case with most tors on Dartmoor, you can walk in from all directions. Here are other routes. We've walked them all with very young kids in all weather conditions and they're all straightforward.

 

Routes and directions to Sourton Tors from the west

In addition to walking in from Sourton village, there are public footpaths rising to Sourton Tors from Collaven Manor (Hotel) and Bridestowe village which is on the Two Castles Trail.

You can also walk up from Bearslake Inn although the first moorland section up Lake Down is steep. A bonus on this route is passing under Lake Viaduct. The public footpath from the pub is clearly marked on Ordnance Survey mapping.

 

Routes and directions to Sourton Tors from the east

Clearly, it's also possible to drop down from Corn Ridge or the Great Links Tor area.

We normally do this as part of a big loop from either Prewley Moor or the large grassy car park behind the Dartmoor Inn up to Great Links Tor and Corn Ridge.

 

Routes and directions to Sourton Tors from the north

Another easy route is from the car parking area at Prewley Moor. Either follow the Granite Way to Sourton’s Church of St Thomas a Becket and cross the bridge as mentioned above or walk across Prewley Moor to connect with the West Devon Way that gently rises to Sourton Tors Ice Works and then Sourton Tors.

In addition, we've wandered across from the car park at Meldon Reservoir following the West Devon Way. From this direction, you pass the Sourton Tors Ice Works as well.

All these routes are clearly marked on Ordnance Survey mapping.

 

Routes and directions to Sourton Tors from the south

It's fun to walk the King Way from the large grassy car parking area near The Dartmoor Inn. Tracks are marked on Ordnance Survey mapping that skirt the western side of Great Nodden.

Note that the abovementioned car parking area and The Dartmoor Inn are just across the road from Lydford so you can walk to Sourton Tors from that village as well. There are a couple of options. Either cross the busy A386 to connect with the King Way or follow a section of the Granite Way to the moor by Sourton Tors.

 

The views from Sourton Tors

We love Sourton Tors for the huge view west over the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty into Cornwall. The location is magnificent at sunset.

Sourton Tors also provides top views of Brentor and Brentor Church/The Church of St Michael de la Rupe.

 

The area around Sourton Tors

Sourton Tors Ice Works

The OXO Stone

The Highwayman Inn

Church of St Thomas a Becket

Granite Way

Meldon Reservoir

Corn Ridge

Great Links Tor

Upper West Okement Valley

 

Places to eat and drink near Sourton Tors

The Highwayman Inn

Bearslake Inn

Dartmoor Inn

Try also The Castle Inn in Lydford