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.
Sunday 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!
John 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.
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
Tuesday 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!
Wednesday 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.
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.
Thursday 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 stage – now SOLD OUT.
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.