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Ancient History and Mystics Tour

Ancient History and Mystics Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: First Class Hotels

Start Date: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

England has a huge number of pre-historic henges, stone cirlces, standing stones and monuments, some are world famous and some not so well know. We will combine these with other ancient unexplained features like ley lines, burial sites, haunted pubs and the hot springs at Bath.

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We will visit two of the wonders of the ancient world, Avebury and Stonehenge (with stone access tickets) before travelling onto the lesser know sites like Stanton Drew and the Rollright Stones. In between, we will uncover the ancient power lines, the unusual carved white horses of central England and why the baths were built in Bath.

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Itinerary

The World Heritage Site of AVEBURY is arguably the most impressive pre-historic site in Britain. We start at the main circle - the largest in the World and enclosing 28 acres including the village of Avebury. The Avenue forms part of the ritual landscape and about a mile away is WEST KENNET LONG BARROW - probably the oldest part of the site and SILBURY HILL - possibly the burial site of King Sil. Close-by is the Uffington WHITE HORSE. The horse was a sacred animal to the Celts and this carving in the chalk bedrock is belived to be 3500 years old. The area is associated with St George.

Day 1: Avebury Landscape - Uffington

The World Heritage Site of AVEBURY is arguably the most impressive pre-historic site in Britain. We start at the main circle - the largest in the World and enclosing 28 acres including the village of Avebury. The Avenue forms part of the ritual landscape and about a mile away is WEST KENNET LONG BARROW - probably the oldest part of the site and SILBURY HILL - possibly the burial site of King Sil. Close-by is the Uffington WHITE HORSE. The horse was a sacred animal to the Celts and this carving in the chalk bedrock is belived to be 3500 years old. The area is associated with St George.

Day 2: Old Sarum - Stonehenge Landscape

Day 2: Old Sarum - Stonehenge Landscape

Our first stop will be OLD SARUM – the earliest settlement of SALISBURY, possibly over 5000 years old. The current site is an Iron Age Hill fort and it is one of the best examples of a defensive site. Salisbury is a typical market town, the CATHEDRAL is a wonderful example of early English architecture. The STONEHENGE site is over 2600 acres. Starting at the oldest site, DURRINGTON WALLS and then discover WOODHENGE, burial mounds, the Curcus before walking up the AVENUE – the ancient ceremonial route to the main stone circle for an after-hours tour - you can walk between the stones.

Day 3: Glastonbury - Ley Lines - Stanton Drew

Day 3: Glastonbury - Ley Lines - Stanton Drew

GLASTONBURY TOR dominates the low lying Somerset levels. The legendary site of King Arthur’s Avalon, the Tor is a hill of hard granite rock. On top of the tour is the medieval church of St Michael. The Tor is on a LEY LINE – ancient power lines which join pre-historic sites. The terraces that lead to the tower could be a classical labyrinth – a design seen all over the Neolithic world. Glastonbury itself was believed to be the oldest Christian site and the ruined abbey and King Arthur’s grave. Close-by is STANTON DREW, Britain’s second largest stone circle.

Day 4: Bath - Haunted Pub - Rollright Stones

Day 4: Bath - Haunted Pub - Rollright Stones

BATH is England’s only World Heritage City. We will walk the C18th city visiting we will then discover how it was built and see the Circus, Royal Crescent and Queens Square. One of the city’s many highlights are the Roman Baths. A very ancient site and Britain’s only hot springs, the baths are a mix of pre-history and Romanic culture. On the way to the Cotswolds, we will visit the Ram – a C11th pub on a ley line and believed to be one of the most haunted places in England. The way back to London, we will pass the ROLLRIGHT STONES – a circle the same age as Stonehenge but associations with C16th witchcraft.


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