Two Moors, Two Seas – 2014 walking tour

From 25th to 31st May 2014, we walked from the north coast to the south coast of Devon. “Two Moors, Two Seas” took us from the Bristol Channel  to the English Channel and across the two moors of Exmoor and Dartmoor.

More details on the walks can be found here.

For this year’s walks and gigs, John was accompanied by regular Ramblers Al Scott (guitar/mandolin) and Tim Cotterell (fiddle/mandolin). Dil Davies will provide percussion and be joined by Lindsey Oliver on stand-up bass. Rowan Godel will join John on vocals at all the shows.

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ExmoorSunday 25th May:
We meet at 11am at Barbrook on the A39 for a half-day walk going up onto Exmoor – taking lifts into Barnstaple at the end of the day.

Sunday night’s show is a special one to start the tour – and a treat for thirsty walkers!

Beer FestivalJohn Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers play the North Devon Beer Festival!

This is held in the Pannier Market, Barnstaple – with local food, cider and beer from North Devon micro breweries, this has been described as a festival with a friendly atmosphere, great food and entertainment and a fantastic day out in the centre of historic Barnstaple. Our set starts at 8.30pm.

rts Centre, Great Torrington

Monday 26th May:
Bank Holiday Monday – walk from Barnstaple along the estuary and the river to Great Torrington. This is a fairly flat walk and we hope as many people as possible will join us! We are aiming to stop for lunch at the Westleigh Inn.

The day will end with a show at the Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington. Tickets £12 Box Office: 01805 624624

Tally Ho InnTuesday 27th May:
Walk south from Great Torrington to the village of Hatherleigh, via a lunch stop in the Royal Oak at Dolton.

Tuesday evening’s event will be the smallest of the tour, a set and session in the Tally Ho Inn, Hatherleigh – all welcome but there is not much space!

DartmoorWednesday 28th May:
Walking south from Hatherleigh gives a fantastic view of Dartmoor. The day’s route will take us up onto the moor in time for lunch at the Tors Inn, Belstone, and then on to the village of Chagford.

Drewe Arms
The evening’s show will be in the function room of the Drewe Arms in Drewsteignton. From 7pm, you can enjoy a drink and watch local morris sides dance outside the pub. The show will be a combination of music set, session and ceilidh – those who came to Elsted on the Song of the Downs tour in 2013 will remember how special that evening was, and the Drewe Arms is aiming to host a similar event. Tickets £6 on the door.

Great Western Morris and Tinners Morris will gather around 6.30 and dance alternately for around one hour.

Barrel HouseThursday 29th May:
A full day of moorland walking takes us south to Holne, via a lunchtime stop at the Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
At Holne we will pause for tea & cakes at the church and to see the 16th century painted rood screen.
Walkers will then need lifts into Totnes for the evening show at The Barrel House, a cafe and restaurant with a stagenow SOLD OUT.

WatermarkFriday 30th May:
Starting back in Holne, today’s walk takes us across the southern section of Dartmoor to Ivybridge.

Friday’s show will be the biggest of the week – don’t miss it – in the Watermark Theatre, Ivybridge – with special guests to be announced. Tickets £12 on sale here.

Saturday 31st May:
The final walk will take us down to the coast and the second sea. We end the tour with a closing set and session at the Swan Inn in Noss Mayo.


27 thoughts on “Two Moors, Two Seas – 2014 walking tour

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  2. this looks great, I really want to do it, just need to work out the logistics and see if I can do all of it or only some of it…xx

  3. Looks like a great walking tour
    If it helps I’m based in Buckfastleigh, near Holne and happy to provide lifts etc into Totnes and surrounding area.
    Great concert in Exeter last Wednesday and do hope John has recovered from that awful cold – sterling job and don’t know how he kept going.
    Also remind him that the Great Western Whit Tour is on the 24th May if he is around to join us
    John Kennaby
    Great Western Morris

  4. Hi John & Co., decided that we can manage at least half of each day, so looking forward to joining you. Involves a bit of logistics (bus or cab back to collect the car); we’d be happy to share with others – please pass on our email if anyone’s interested.

    • We will be doing some of the walks too and will probably have the same issues re getting back to the car so sharing taxis, if buses not available, would be great. We live in Exeter and will be travelling back there after the gigs.

  5. After 3 years of trying i will make it hapen this year!!! Already booked my flight and still sorting out all the rest but defenetly i´m coming over from germany to join you on that great walk!!!
    Yes, yes, yes!!! I´m soooooo happy
    Meet you there

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  7. I am hoping to come for about 3 nights, probably Tuesday to Thursday inclusive. Can anyone who has thought this through advise me on what accommodation to book? I will probably drive to the start on Tuesday, leave my car somewhere and hope to get lifts to accommodation at the end of each walk, hopefully share taxis etc. Anyone got any thoughts on this? Saw the band at Canterbury and I am a keen walker so it sounds great! Lorna

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    • Hi Julia, we’re just sorting out all the final details for the tour and it will all go on the website as soon as we can manage – hopefully over the coming weekend!

  9. I’m looking forward to this, but won’t manage much of the walking, if any. In fact, I’m about to cancel a hotel booking in Hatherleigh due to family commitments… 😦

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  12. I will be joining you from Holne to Ivybridge – what time are you planning to leave – I presume meeting at the Church House Inn

    • Planning to leave Holne at 9.30. We haven’t fixed a meeting point yet. The Church House Inn looks like it is on the Two Moors Way so would be an excellent choice. Thanks.

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  14. Hi John

    Just wanted to say good luck for the start of your walk and we look forward to seeing you at the Tally. I work there. I’m going to be brave and bring my fiddle along to the session! See you there. Hope the weather holds for you
    All the best Vix

  15. Congratulations to John, Colin and the crew on completing another epic walking tour. I’m sorry I was only able to take part for a couple of days. It’s probably too early to be talking about next year but John said he felt it should be somewhere “in the north” next year so can I suggest the Northumberland Coast Path? Stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, some good gig opportunities and a few less hills than this year.

  16. Hi all – Brilliant tour, John, and I felt very privileged to be a tiny part of it and to meet all you wonderful people. Would love to know more about next year, especially if it is in Northumberland – the coast path is absolutely stunning. I am up there planning to meet up with the wonderful Hexham Morris/Hexhamshire Lasses in September, so happy help by passing on any messages/intros on if needed. Thanks again for a magical experience. Sue xx

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