Lying on the fringe of Dartmoor National Park, Sourton is a wee village with just over 400 inhabitants within the area.
Visitors to Sourton come mainly for one reason " the weird and wonderful Highwayman's Inn. The entrance door is shaped like a carriage but once you've walked inside these doors, you've walked straight into a fairytale where nothing is what it seems. In one bar a gnarly trunk turns out to be a serpent while another is the bowel of a ship. Every nook and cranny is filled by mysterious curiosities and passing through those Gothic arches, you never know whether you'll emerge into a hideaway or an enchanted garden. The mystically minded will attribute this to the numerous ghosts which walk the place. Certainly, Sourton's Highwayman Inn first served as a pub in the 13th century " ample time for a lost spirit to get comfortable! So, whether you need a room for a night, a bit of inspiration in your life or simply a beer, the Highwayman Inn in Sourton will more than satisfy your thirst.
Back in Sourton village, you'll see the Sourton Green Cross in the centre of Sourton's village green. Adorned with carvings of crosses, circles and saltires, the Sourton Green Cross served for years as a roof support. Finally it was discovered to be a Saxon Cross in the 1980's and erected in its present site by the Dartmoor National Park Authority. Another relic to be found on the village green is the shaft of the Sourton Village Cross.
Attractions Around Sourton
Sourton makes a great base for excursions into Dartmoor Forest. One nearby attraction is the Sourton Tors Stone Circle which consists of 19 stones mostly lying flat on the ground. The Sourton Tors Stone Cross Circle lies between the hills of Cornridge and Sourton Tors. Other attractions in the vicinity include Lydford Castle, Lydford Gorge, Okehampton Castle and the Dartmoor Railway.