One of the main reasons people make their way to Dartmoor year in, year out is the absolutely stunning countryside to be found in this part of the world and the way the Two Moors Festival combines classical music with its delightful pastoral setting is what makes it truly unique among other festivals of its kind.
For the first time in Two Moors history, we’ve decided to incorporate a concert with a very bracing walk up to Hay Tor, one of the most visited crags in the entire Dartmoor National Park. You may well recognise the area as the Hay Tor granite mass has been featured in countless paintings, postcards, photographs and sketches but there’s nothing quite like seeing it firsthand for yourself and if you like music and the great outdoors in equal measure, then this is definitely the concert for you.
We’ve called upon flautist Harry Winstanley – who studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy, and has just returned from a year working with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta as principal flute – and strummer Ashley Myall to provide some rousing folk tunes from the British Isles and beyond as you hike your way up to the top of the crag.
What could be better than making your way through the Dartmoor countryside accompanied by a soundtrack of fifes, guitars, pipes, whistles and drums? Festival co-ordinator John Adie said: “Hay Tor and the sound of pipes and drums – wonderful! The pipes always sound fantastic in high open spaces and a bit of mist and rain will add to the adventure and it’ll be a great bracing walk to the top as well.”
If you can’t wait until October to strike out into the countryside and think you might need a bit of practice before heading up to Hay Tor, then you might be taken with the idea of going on a Bay Walk, organised by the Torbay Care Trust. This July, groups will be ranging through the woodland (with great views of the River Dart) on the 14th, along the coastal path between Petitor and Maidencombe on the 21st and from Milber Woods to Coffinswell on the 28th.
Here’s to seeing you in October. Don’t forget your wellies and sou’wester!
Walk on the Wildside: A bracing walk to Hay Tor
October 14th, 14:00
Tickets: No tickets are necessary. Be at the lower Hay Tor car Park at 14:00, ready to set off.