Sourton Quarry Lake in Autumn

Sourton Quarry. Photo, Liz Snell

Sourton Quarry

A disused limestone quarry, now home to various plants, birds and bats. Access to the nature reserve is limited to a footpath which passes through. Deep water filled former quarry workings and buildings mean that wider access is not permitted.


6 miles south west of Okehampton

Nr Okehampton

OS Map Reference

SX 523 892
A static map of Sourton Quarry

Know before you go

9 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Dangers due to old quarry.


No public access is granted to this nature reserve. Dangers due to old quarry workings, deep open water and large numbers of diseased ash trees (ash dieback).  A public bridleway bisects the site and provides views into the nature reserve.


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

No access between April and July

Best time to visit

August - March

About the reserve

The reserve consists of a steep sided flooded quarry, surrounded by spoil heaps that are now largely covered by wildflower rich open areas, scrub and woodland. The flooded quarry attracts kingfisher, little grebes and peregrine falcons. Eleven different species of bat, including greater and lesser horseshoes and Natterer's, find roosts in the buildings and tunnels.

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Location map

Sourton Quarry nature reserve leaflet

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