Land Of Leylines And Legends:
Cornwall & Southwest England Tour
"As we stand within this hallowed sanctuary
I look at the faces of the group members lit up by this vision;
Is your face one of them?"
July 27 - August 6, 2023
Our journey takes us through a remarkable five thousand years span of this magical Celtic land, where we'll discover some of the secrets of enigmatic stone circles, crop circles, holy wells’ potent waters and the powerful earth energy currents that connect them all. Your expert guides will distill the essence of our ancestors’ beliefs, spirituality, myths, legends and history and share some of the Wisdom of the Ages with you.
Salisbury is the world-famous medieval cathedral city where we'll find our first hotel centrally placed for our visits to awe-inspiring sacred sites. The world-famous Stonehenge has many secrets to share during our private out-of-hours special access. We explore Avebury Landscape Temple including the largest stone circle in the world, its serpentine avenues, the massive and enigmatic Silbury Hill and the underground initiatory chamber of West Kennet Long Barrow. While in Wiltshire, crop circle country, we'll visit any crop circles where visitors are welcome and explore this enigmatic phenomenon.
A spiritual mystery can best be approached only indirectly, from off to one side. And so we approach mysterious Dumnonia, or Cornwall, via the ancient Celtic Lands of England's far Southwest as we enter the county of Devon and its landscape heartland of Dartmoor. Here we find an atmospheric stone circle hidden in the folds of the beautiful moor, with a gift to bestow. We will hold an opening meditation to connect with the energies of the land and the Spirit of Place.
Then we travel onwards to West Penwith, the ‘toe’ of land at the foot of Britain surrounded by the ocean from which it defends itself with mighty coastal cliffs; it has survived almost like a land out of time...
St. Michael’s Mount, dedicated to the Archangel Michael, is accessible at low tide by a pedestrian causeway and at high tide only by small local boats. The site of both a former monastery and a military castle its history reflects the duality of life. The majestic isle is a paramount place to reflect on this lesson where the powerful Michael/Mary and European Apollo/Athena Earth energy currents all converge!
We are drawn by the mysterious sounding names of Nanjizal Bay, Men-an-tol and Boscawen-Un and for good reason because they have not only retained their Celtic names but also their power. The heavily crystal-studded granite underlying this land conducts powerful Earth energy currents to each of the sacred sites, and surprisingly there are more ancient sacred sites per square mile here than anywhere else on Earth. Their isolation within this beautiful rugged landscape has helped to preserve so many of them. Each person connects with the sites in their own way, we will offer instruction in dowsing for the energy, have time for meditation and conduct ceremonies.
We tread half-forgotten country paths that lead to secret holy wells, lone standing stones, castles, cromlechs, a cave and hidden stone circles. Every stone and flower comes vibrantly to life under the glow of the special Cornish light. This is no fanciful notion but a reality that has attracted many artists to live and paint in Cornwall.
After our time immersed in this special land we travel to the north Cornish coast to arrive at Tintagel. The castle ruins which sit atop the cliffs mark the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. There have been few more evocative and appealing stories throughout history than that of the young warrior king. With its call to the noble, the romantic, the courageous and the spiritual seeker in each of us how can we fail to be drawn to this legend? By walking this land on our own Grail quest we find answers, often in the most unlikely of places.
It may be down below on the beach in Merlin’s Cave, accessible only at low tide, or it may well be at Dozmary Pool, the home of the Lady of the Lake where we each receive a gift from the Lady.
Finally we head northeast to Wells, a medieval city with a magnificent Cathedral and Bishop's Palace, and also visit the spiritual mecca of Glastonbury including the Abbey, Chalice Well and the Tor.
Tour Price Includes
Collection from & return to London Heathrow airport
All land & ferry transportation
9 nights accommodation in quality hotels
All breakfasts & four evening meals
All normal admission charges to sacred sites
All tour guide fees
Gratuities & taxes on accommodation & included meals
Third party liability insurance
All rooms have ensuite bathroom facilities and tour prices are based on sharing a twin/double room.
A limited number of single rooms are available for which there will be a single supplement charge as specifed on the Prices & Booking page.
Day 1 – Thur, 27th July
This morning you’ll be met at London Heathrow Airport and driven to our hotel in Salisbury for a three-night stay. You'll have time to rest up or take lunch and then explore this historic city. There is a good range of shops, cafes, restaurants, markets and pubs readily available as our hotel is situated close to the city centre.
In the early evening we’ll have an orientation and introductory gathering to get to know one another a little and set our intentions for the journey before our welcome dinner at the hotel.
Welcome dinner at hotel
Day 2 – Fri, 28th July
After breakfast at the hotel we visit the Avebury Landscape Temple, the heart centre of megalithic Britain. Knoll Down, a tranquil sacred grove of trees, is the ‘tail’ of the Serpent Temple and was once connected to Avebury by an avenue of stones stretching for a mile and a quarter. A similar avenue led off in another direction culminating at The Sanctuary, the ‘head’ of the Serpent Temple.
We will enter Avebury as did our ancestors down this processional avenue of stones. Here, within the largest stone circle in the world, we find the remains of two smaller stone circles, one solar and one lunar. This place has a remarkable story to tell! We meet up with the energies of the St Michael leyline that we will meet again and again on our journey as they course across England. All the sacred sites in this area centre on Avebury including Stonehenge some twenty miles distant.
Close by is the largest manmade mound in Europe, the remarkable five thousand year old Silbury Hill, mysteriously constructed in the bottom of a valley. Close by is the oldest structure in this whole complex of sacred site, West Kennett Longbarrow. This acoustically resonant stone covered chamber, often referred to by archeologists as a burial chamber, was obviously so much more than that. By the end of the day we'll have an insight into the world view and belief system of our ancestors that will guide us through the rest of this journey.
Free-choice dinner not included
Day 3 – Sat, 29th July
Morning visit to Salisbury Cathedral. Salisbury Cathedral is a medieval gothic wonder that we'll explore, including the Magna Carta in the Chapter House.
Lunch at the Crop Circle Exhibition Café.
This afternoon we'll visit The Crop Circle Exhibition and visit a crop circle if one is available to visit in the area.
Dinner at a local French Restaurant
Day 4 – Sun, 30th July
We start our day with an unforgettable visit to Stonehenge where we will have private time at this sacred site. We have arranged for the group to have private special access into the stones of the world's most famous sacred site. We will have a ceremony to connect with spirit and the land. Stand amongst the huge megaliths which have stood in magnificent isolation on the windswept Salisbury Plain for thousands of years, feel the pulse of powerful earth energy currents coursing beneath your feet. Imagine the ceremonies which have been performed by robed priests and priestesses over eons of time or just sit in meditation. This is a rare opportunity to truly experience a site revered by countless generations. After our visit we'll return to our hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast we'll depart for Cornwall commencing our journey into the wild wonders of the west. As we travel southwest we'll stop for lunch at Jamaica Inn, made famous by the novelist Daphne du Maurier.
Following lunch we head to the most western part of England where we will be treated to a visual and fragrant delight of wild hedgerow flowers in full bloom as we tread half-forgotten country paths that lead to secret holy wells, lone standing stones and hidden stone circles. There is an otherworldly magic about this part of Cornwall that will emerge during our time here.
Hotel in Penzance for three nights
Dinner at hotel
Day 5 – Mon, 31st July
We start today with a visit to Sancreed Holy Well for a ritual 'baptism', where we learn of the importance of water.
Lunch at Apple Tree Café
After lunch we'll conclude our day with a walk into Boscawen-un stone circle; one of the three mighty Gorsedds of the Druidic bards. Set in remote heathland this intact stone circle is considered by many to be the most powerful in all England.
Optional dinner at The Admiral Benbow, a pirate's pub that is furnished with actual artefacts from sunken galleons, not included in tour price
Day 6 – Tues, 1st Aug
Our first port of call today will be St. Michael’s Mount, dedicated to the Archangel Michael and visible from our hotel. It is accessible at low tide by a pedestrian causeway and at high tide only by small local boats. The site of both a former monastery and a military castle its history reflects the duality of life. What better place to reflect on this lesson than the majestic isle which is the crossing point of the powerful Michael/Mary and European Apollo/Athena Earth energy currents.
Lunch in Marazion overlooking the bay, with time to visit the local galleries and shops.
Tonight we will go to a performance at The Minack Theatre, Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, set on Cornwall's southern coast, it is perched on the cliffs looking out into the Atlantic. It's a sunning venue that will capture all of your senses as the performers entertain you! The show is "Captain Corelli's Mandolin".
Free choice dinner not included available from The Minack mobile caterers - you can eat it in your seat looking out at the spectacular Atlantic ocean
Picnic Dinner purchased on site - not included in tour price
Day 7 – Wed, 2nd Aug
Depart hotel (with bags) for a special visit to the home of Ba Miller (wife of the late author of 'The Sun & the Serpent' and dowser Hamish Miller) to visit the ceremonial stone circle on her land and hear stories, while having a picnic lunch.
After lunch we travel up to the western border of Dartmoor to our rural hotel for two nights. En route to our hotel we will go to Dozmary Pool, here we come into the presence of the Lady of the Lake at her mystical and watery home. It was at this lake that the lady bequeathed Excalibur and its enchanted scabbard to King Arthur. Understanding the importance of this gift and paying tribute to the lady will enable us to receive a gift of our own to support us on our pilgrimage.
Dinner at the hotel
Day 8 – Thurs, 3rd Aug
Today we visit Tintagel, the renowned birthplace of King Arthur. All sites in Tintagel are dominated by everything Arthurian and you’ll have the opportunity to re-live the stories of the Arthurian legend.
Traveling back in time we may discover how these archetypes can help us in our world today. We’ll learn the stories of the Arthurian legend and about the lives of the fabled Knights of the Round Table as we visit King Arthur’s Great Halls, constructed entirely of crystal-studded granite using sacred geometry in its layout.
At St Materiana’s Church on the headland you'll experience and feel a special energy that is present.
Free time to explore the shops in Tintagel and have lunch
Then we cross the footbridge that is now the only means of access to Tintagel Castle, the fabled birthplace of Arthur, which sits in splendid isolation on its rocky promontory. Descending the castle cliffs to the beach below, we’ll enter the otherwordly Merlin’s Cave accessible only for a short time at low tide each day.
(Order of the day may change according to the tide schedule.) After a full day immersed in the Arthurian Legend we will return to our idyllically located hotel for rest and relaxation.
Dinner at the hotel
Day 9 – Fri, 4th Aug
After loading our luggage onto the bus we travel north to England's smallest city Wells, our hotel base for two nights.
You will have a free afternoon to visit the city’s magnificent 800-year-old English gothic Wells Cathedral, located across the Green from our hotel. Everywhere in Wells is easily walkable and you'll also be able to visit the nearby Bishop’s Palace, a 700-year-old occupied palace complete with a moat and a drawbridge, home to families of swans for centuries. It is these energetic waters that attracted the city founders and from which Wells gets its name.
Free choice dinner not included in tour price
Day 10 – Sat, 5th Aug
We will spend this day just five miles down the road in mystical Glastonbury, the legendary Isle of Avalon. We start our visit at the St. Margaret Chapel, commonly known as the Magdalene Chapel. This twelfth century chapel and almshouses are an oasis of peace and an ideal place to connect with the spiritual energies of Glastonbury.
We will visit Glastonbury Abbey, once the largest and most powerful abbey in all of Britain and the reputed resting place of King Arthur and Guinevere. Here we find the Michael and Mary Earth Energy currents once again.
We have a long lunch break to allow time to explore the myriad of alternative shops such as ‘Man, Myth & Magik’, ‘The Speaking Tree’ or ‘The Goddess & the Green Man’.
Rising dramatically from the flat land of the surrounding Somerset Levels, the Tor has been a beacon of spirituality since pagan times and still acts as a magnet for people of all beliefs. You will hear the stories and the legends as well as experience the powerful energy and atmosphere of this sacred site. The views from the top are spectacular!
At its foot lies Chalice Well, a true healing place in this land, and you are encouraged to drink from the holy well where, a local story tells, the Holy Grail is hidden.
Farewell dinner at the hotel
Day 11 – Sun, 6th Aug
Depart hotel for London Heathrow Airport for your return flight home or onward travel - Bon Voyage!
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