Social Events and Activities


Easter Hot X Bun Walk from The Tors Inn, Belstone, Dartmoor


East Devon Group’s 50th Birthday Celebration

You are invited to our Group’s 50th birthday celebration, postponed from 2020, which is to be held on Thursday 7th July 2022 at the Oak Lodge, Budleigh Salterton Riding School, Dalditch Lane, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 7AS starting at 3.30pm.

If you would like to join us in celebrating this milestone, please now book your place at a cost of £4 per person.  There are limited places, so you must (1) book and (2) pay by 1st June 2022.

1) Booking preferred, or text Julie Lewis on 07592 800086.

2) Payments by bank transfer are to:
   East Devon Ramblers, a/c number 20150354, sort code 60-83-01
   with the reference “[your last name]50th” on your payment, and
   Email us at to confirm you have paid.

If you are able, payments by bank transfer are much preferred, because cheque handling is becoming increasingly difficult, and the group has to pay a charge for each cheque paid in. If you are unable to pay in this way, please contact Julie Lewis for details of where to post a cheque.

If you would like to celebrate by walking, there will be two led walks nearby that day for any Ramblers to join, though to come to Oak Lodge for cream tea you must have pre-booked and paid as requested.  Details of walks will be in the July to September 2022 programme.

Please note that the cafe at Oak Lodge will only be open on that day to those people pre-booked for the cream tea, and a guest list will be in use at the entrance.

We hope you will join us to mark this special occasion in the history of East Devon Ramblers.


Celebration of the life of William Davey

Many of you will have already heard the very sad news that one of our longstanding and popular members, William Davey, died at the end of March after a long illness.  Those who knew William will particularly remember his cheerfulness and sense of humour, but he was also a very committed Rambler and a good walk leader who took his duty of care to his walking companions very seriously.   He had been a Ramblers member for over 30 years, and Membership Secretary for 7 years until he stepped down last summer as his health deteriorated.

One of William's favourite areas to walk was Dartmoor, and indeed he went to live on the edge of Dartmoor 4 years ago.  He regularly led one of the very popular Good Friday walks from Belstone.  To celebrate William's life, his good friend and companion Sue Raffill is organising a 5-mile walk from Belstone on Saturday 11th June, starting from the car park at 10.30 am.  Sue invites all those who knew William to join her and family and friends.  Bring a picnic to eat together outdoors afterwards in true rambler style (in the village hall if bad weather) followed by a few words to be said for William.  Anyone who has any stories or comments will be very welcome to contribute.

If you are planning to attend, it would be helpful if you could send an email to with the word "William" as the subject, and we'll pass it on to Sue (although Sue is also happy for people just to turn up if they find they are free on the day).



Our bank has now imposed a fee for each cheque deposited in our account.  In order to minimise our costs it would be very helpful if members would pay for social events by bank transfer, which is free, quicker and more convenient for the organiser.

Bank details are: Account Number 20150354   Sort Code 60-83-01

  • Please idenity your payment with your name, and advise the organiser.
  • If you are unable to pay in this way we will continue to accept cheques.

Look carefully ​through the programme, there are often a number of walks with the possibility of food and beverages afterwards.

  • Some Friday half day walks may offer an optional lunch at the end, usually in a public house, and some all day walks may finish at a cafe for tea and cake.
  • It is always good to support local cafes and hostelries especially those that have kindly let us use their car parks for our walks.
  • The monthly Thursday evening walks in the summer almost certainly finish with a drink option.