Two Castles Trail
It had been a great few days tor bagging on Dartmoor, but I was eventually looking for something more linear. Wonderful, as circular walks can be, I was craving a long walk that didn't involve me tracking back to my start point, I was missing the sense of undertaking a journey, and the satisfaction of arriving somewhere new.
But onwards, climbing out of the valley, to join the West Devon Way, through Old Town Nature Reserve, to the Okehampton Golf Club.
Sourton village has claim to "Britain's most unusual pub", but probably better labeled as "Britain's biggest carbuncle pub", a ridiculous "Disneyesque" eyesore that screams "WTF". But don't take my word for it, judge for yourself.
Leaving the A386 behind, it is field and stiles for over a kilometre to the outskirts of Bridestowe, where the West Devon Way and the Two Castles Trail part company.
The road passes through the 18th Century Lew Mill, with its Medieval cross upright.
Through the village, it is then back on road, down to a bridge over the River Thrushel.
From the river, it is yet more road and lanes, passed the entrance to the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre. If you are a fan of traditional fairground rides, it would make a good "wet weather day" excursion. I'm not a fan, so I continued on to Lifton.
And the route: