Bad Staffelstien – Frankonia region, Bavaria – Germany

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areamapbadstafflestienWalking and cycling to various locations in this region of Upper Frankonia in Bavaria. By far the best beer region in Germany, but you have to go to the micro-breweries in the smaller villages that surround Bad Staffelstien. Most beer aficionados go to Bamberg, whilst Bad Staffelstien is a few more stops on the train going towards Lichstenfels.

The biggest hill to walk up is the Staffelstien and on its flat top there is a church and there is also a pub selling food and the local beer named after the mountain top:

walking-up-the-stafflestien  top-of-the-stafflestien


Its not a hard climb to the top of the rocky outcrop of the Staffelburg.

Walking up from the town centre, past the local cemetery and up into the woods. At the top you are rewarded with great views of the town and the valley below and the distant hills surrounding a huge flat plane is below – ideal for cycling.


Cycling to the surrounding villages is the best way to visit all the pubs and many are also micro breweries. Not so many tourists reach these places, I guess along with the beers its a best kept secret of the locals.

hellmuth-brau cycle-to-the-beer-garden

wattendorf-in-its-curved-glass  wattendorfdreams

Wattendorf was my favourite beer of the region, in its authorised bent glass.



gradierwerk-bad-stafflestienThe most amazing place in Bad Staffelstien, which is a Spa town (SpaWebcam) is  the Kurpark Gradierwerk near the Spa just past the railway station. This structure and there are two identical buildings with a round fountain between them, allow salt water from underground to cascade down over cut branches.

A very unique and interesting idea which is creating a unique man-made micro climate. Its peaceful restive and ideal for meditation and has a healing effect for those with sinus and breathing conditions. Gradierwerks are located in places across Germany, its a pity that other countries don’t yet adopt such things. The atmosphere of this place is impossible to convey; you have to be there, however here are a couple of videos. Contemplation, walking around, to attempt to give an idea about this machine that generates healthy invigorating micro-climates.

Beer & Brewery locations around and near the town:


All easily reached by bicycle.




Bishopstone to Wantage – RIDGEWAY

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Bishopstone to WantageA 14 mile journey with many great locations of interest to us:

Back onto The Ridgeway

Waylands Smithy Long Barrow

Uffington Castle

Uffington White Horse

Segsbury Castle

Letcombe Regis Church


Back to the Ridgeway - from Bishopstone


From The Royal Oak pub where we spent the night in a House with a great breakfast in the pub we set off for what was to be my last day with my companions – who would continue all the way to the Norfolk Coast on the Michael – Mary Ley-line.




Bishopstone to Wantage


Up the hill in Bishopstone to again join the Ridgeway path, on the Vale of the Whitehorse, entering Oxfordshire from Wiltshire and then continuing until we reached the Waylands Smithy Long Barrow for another spot of Dowsing:



The Long Barrow - Waylands Smithy Discussing Dowsing rods at Waylands Mill - Long barrow

bumble beeStrong currents hear and many of them. Octagonal shapes and several spirals indicating underground springs. Whilst Dowsing here, Theo, several ladies came and after Andrew showed them how they too got the same results of the spirals:

Theo Dowsing at Waylands Smithy - Ridgeway Andrew at Waylands Smithy - a dowsing lesson

Siting inside the barrow I felt a very strong meditative effect.

Back on The ridgeway - after Waylands Smithy Ridgeway - White Horse sign

Onwards to Uffington Castle and the White Horse South Oxfordshire:

Overton Hill To Sparsholt Firs - Ridgeway Sign Approaching Uffington Castle - on The Ridgeway

White Horse Hill sign Uffington Castle - Hill Fort

White Horse Uffington and Dragon Hill beneath

bumble beeWe obtained Dowsing results at the centre of the Hill Fort but vary little at the Uffington White Horse (best seen from the air!). In this picture can be seen the pyramidal (Silbury Hill style) mound beneath the White Horse: Dragon Hill.

2012. Monique_Klinkenbergh. Phalic Crop Circle Uffington.jpg



One of the strangest Crop Circles: The Phallic Crop Circle at the Uffington White Horse, 2012, thought by many to be a joke and thus proof of Crop Circle hoaxes. (c) Monique Klinkenbergh





Back on The Ridgeway after the Uffington White Horse


Back again onto the Ridgeway after visiting the White Horse, next photos; the things we observed on our way:





Flowers in the Ridgeway Chalk Pink wild flowers - Ridgeway

White Hawthorn Blossom Pink Hawthorn Blossom

The Skylark     The Crows in Line

Keeping on keeping on along that Ridgeway:

Sparsholt pines sign -Ridgeway Wantage four and a half - sign Ridgeway     Letcombe Basset sign - Ridgeway

On and On On The Ridgeway - Litcombe Bassett Theo - Segsbury Castle - information sign


Walking the Ridgeway on a sunny day; the reflections of the sun on the chalk path gives high luminance and almost gives you ‘white out’ conditions in your eyes; best to wear sunglasses and use suncream.

Letcombe Regis - Hill Fort


bumble beeSegsbury Castle Iron Age Hill Fort Letcombe Basset. Here the road down to Letcombe Regis cuts straight through the centre of this ancient Hill Fort and at that point there are twin gates into the fields within the earthwork embankment; here there was a strong Dowsing reaction.

Andrew Dowsing here.   Info Link. And good Dowsing books:

Dowsing Guide   Divining Ancient Sites


Off the Ridgeway now, down the long road and into Letcombe Regis:

Rchmond - Letcombe Regis

Down the road from the Ridgeway - entering Letcombe Regis

Letcombe Regis Thatched Cottage

Letcombe Regis Thatched Cottage with post box Letcombe Regis Thatched Cottage icing cake house

Letcombe Regis Thatched Cottage - Yellow Roses Letcombe Regis - Village Shop

1678 - Thatched Cottages - Letcombe Regis - Oxfordshire 1678 Letcombe Regis Thatched Cottages

The White Cottage - Letcombe Regis - Oxfordshire  The ROSE og Letcombe Regis

Letcombe Regis is a ‘chocolate box’ village, beautiful houses and flourishing gardens. Our aim was the Church of St Andrew.

Aproaching St Andrews - Letcombe Regis Signs at St Andrews Church - Letcombe Regis

St Andrews - Letcombe Regis - info


Interesting facts about the church and it’s history are provided on wooden padels; this one tells the story of a Maori Chieftain who is buried in the graveyard with a stone obelisk as his grave marker.





Organ at St Andrews church Letcombe Regis          Window at St Andrews church Letcombe Regis

Font at at St Andrews church Letcombe Regis

bumble beeThe font is said to be one of the oldest things in the church. Fonts are related to Ancient Wells, and there probably was a well under the church or before the church in times long past.  Water as a purification agent in rituals is as old as the hills and the Christian churches adopted this established (pagan) practice as their own for Baptism. Spring water, the water that oozes up from the bowels of the Earth is said to have certain extra properties. This is currently being proven as fact by the emerging new findings about WATER H3O: The Fourth Phase of Water. This font certainly gave a strong Dowsing response.

Church Yard - St Andrews - Letcombe regis

So this was our final objective after four days of visiting ancient spiritual locations.

By walking over the land and visiting spiritual places, it can convey to the mind that sort of extra sense of wonder and beauty that one perceives sometimes in a poem, a work of art, a painting or a performance, a song, a bird, a flower, water pouring over stones; such things alter our state of mind.

Today we had walked around 12 miles. Next of course where else but to seek out the local pub:

The Greyhound Pub - Letcombe Regis    The Greyhound Pub - Brewery Logo - Letcombe Regis


Wantage street signpost


Horror: the pub was closed! So we had to press on to find one and accommodation at the nearest town – Wantage in the next county  – its been in two counties over time! Berkshire and South Oxfordshire:


Wantage to the town center  Thats Wantage Town Center

849 AD: Wantage the birth place of King Alfred The Great:

King Alfred The Great statue wantage - Oxfordshire    Wantage Church

King Alfred Statue Town Square                       Peter and Paul Parish church

Our friend Jan joined us in Wantage after going for a few days to Glastonbury whilst we walked the Ridgeway; she too had interesting experiences and after fish and chips she told her story in the bar that last night of our trip: The Bear Hotel, where we all stayed the night. Its a strange fact that all of our walks seem to end in a pub!

Wantage Fish and Chips - Fried Mars Bars Fish and chips Wantage - no fried Mars Bars thanks

If you expand this picture showing the huge menu you will see they do fried Mars Bars and chips!

Arkells Bear Hotel - Wantage  Bear Hotel Wantage - front


ARKELLS brewery delivery

The Arkell’s brewary truck arrived in the morning;  an emergency re-stocking of the bar after we had drank our fill!

And so after a great full English breakfast we split up, Andrew and Theo continuing along the St Michael Ley-line to the  Norfolk Coast just below Gt Yarmouth.

We all gained something very precious on this journey together,  then as we split up after this walk which ended up being around 12 miles long.



The journey back to the North had one more experience to offer:

We went to the Uffington White Horse in the car and climbed Dragon Hill and breaking the car journey back up North we stopped at Stow – On The – Wolds, in the Cotswolds,  Gloustershire.

Stow - central stone cross Cheese Shop - Stow on the Wold

Queens Head Inn - Stow    West Country Ales - Tower  The Unicorn - old pub Stow on the wold


Beer In the Window - Stow on the Wold Shop Cakes in the Window - Stow on the Wold Shop

After being ‘sensitised’ by our various visits and experiencing the harmonic energies along our journey we didn’t need Dowsing rods to experience the quit still energies of the Church of Saint Edwardsbumble bee

Saint Edwards Church - Stow on the Wold St Edward King and Confessor

Window at St Edwards - Stow on the Wold

Window at St Edwards - Stow on the Wold - 6             Window at St Edwards - Stow on the Wold - 11

Window at St Edwards - Stow on the Wold - 15   Window at St Edwards - Stow on the Wold - 16


The DOOR - St Edwards - Stow

Jan in the Yew Tree Door - St Edwards - Stow on the Wold  DP At Trancept Door Stow on the Wold church of St edward

The ROSE at St Edwards church - Stow on the Wold







Ogbourne St George to Bishopstone – RIDGEWAY

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DSCN9860Starting from The Inn With The Well, joined by Theo another long distance walker, a friend of Andrew: they met on the Camino; we headed off for as far as we could go on the Ridgeway bearing in mind that we needed a B&B for the night. For three people this was difficult, we phoned around the area, but got negative results; so we set off to just to see what happens, maybe we have to sleep under a tree?

So we began; walking along the main road and up a very steep hill to the Ridgeway.

Not That Way - This Way Look - its this way

Up to the Ridgway we turned left:

On The Ridgeway - from Ogbourne St James Strolling the Ridgeway

Motorbikes on the Ridgeway Whats That Over There

That’s Swindon over there and now we go this way:

Yes it is this way not straight on


I don’t recall why we took this diversion, but there was a hill fort in the distance.

So that’s the way we headed knowing the route most likely re-joined with the Ridgeway further on.

Then we walked along the edge of another flint field:

Flint Field

Flint Stone


bumble beeThen a spiralling wind vortex spun its way across this field, in front of me, I watched it without taking a photograph: a moment of magic!

At the top of this hill a sign back on the Ridgeway or towards Liddington Castle (ancient Hill Fort), we took the route to the Castle and soon found a swath of earth energy; a Ley-line coming from it. We confirmed it with the Dowsing rods:


Towards Liddington Castle SignLiddington Castle:

Trig Point - Liddington Castle

Trig Point – Liddington Castle

Liddington castle Map Dowsing at Liddington castle

bumble beeVery strong Dowsing reaction here.

Sitting at the Trig Point Liddington Castle Para glider at Liddington Castle

Crop Circle nr Liddington


A  past (2012) Crop Circle in the fields below the Castle at Liddington. (From Pinterest).




Back on the main Ridgway trac

After our visit to Liddington we got back on coarse passing along the fields of rapeseed with just a few wild flowers confined to existing at the margins:


Flowers confined to the verges Wild Poppy

emerging from the ridgway


Meeting the main road we go to the right, crossing the M4 – bad vibrations here… and over towards Foxhill.





Crossing the M4 foxhill this road is the Ridgeway - Foxhill

Fox Hill Wiltshire


bumble beeAfter crossing the M4 Motorway we encountered the pleasant effect of the energy from Fox Hill and Dowsed it for certainty.

looks like the positioning of the Cell Phone tower has had little effect on the Ley-line energies, or does it amplify it? Maybe somebody put a tower buster nearby :-)


DSCN9926 Fox Hill on the Ridgeway

Bishopstone - Foxhill signpost


We keep on the road going straight to our target the church of St John The Baptist rather than the longer on the Ridgeway option: and in 2011 lots of Crop Circles nearby at Hinton Parva. Beatiful flowering hedgerows on our route:



Hedgerow flowers Rose of the Hedgrow

Bishopstone              Ducks in Road Bishopstone

BISHOPSTONE 12th century village

Bishopstone thatched house


To the Church of Saint John The Baptist:

Church of Saint John The Baptist - Bishopstone magnificent organ - church of st john - Bishopstone

Transept entrance - st Johns Bishopstone Window St Johns Church Bishopstone

The Font - St Johns Bishopstone       Dowsing the trancept and font at St Johns - Bishopstone

leaving st johns - Bishopstone


bumble beeGeomancing the good energies of the church; tracing the octagonal currents around the font and the flow of a Ley-line through the transept doors in the church.

Only one thing to do now; seek out the village pub and get a well deserved pint or three.


Ducks in Line - Thatched House bishopstone  Fox on the thatch - Bishopstone

Royal Oak - Bishopstone  Royal Oak pub sign - Bishopstone

Thre pints of 3B for a start - Royal Oak Bishopstone Pints of ARKELLS

Planning the next route

Earlier we had phoned this pub The Royal Oak and told they had no vacancies. Just as we were planning our route and hoping to find a place to stay for the night at a point further along our route.

Then as we ate a magnificent meal (this pub has great but expensive food) The boss came over, looking at our packs he asked; where we came from and where we were going. (Pilgrims on a pilgrim route). He offered a large discount on accommodation in fact an entire house was put at our disposal (thank you Mr ‘G’).

So instead of heading onwards we took the afternoon off and stayed the rest of the day and night at the pub (what the pub lost on discounted accommodation – they gained in our newly adopted heavy drinking schedule! So the walk ended and we did about 8 miles.

Royal Oak's House - B&B acomodation Drink On Mc Duff - at the Royal Oak - Bishopstone near Swindon

We were serenaded by a band, and even the toilets that we frequented- often – were quit hospitable:

Serenaded by a band - Royal Oak Bishopstone The Bogs at the Royal Oak Bishopstone

And so this day ended as a Pub to Pub walk: 8 miles approximately.

Next> Bishopstone to Wantage







Avebury to Ogbourne St Andrews – RIDGEWAY

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The Ridgeway signFrom Avebury we take the route directly opposite the village High Street, over the main road and past the Red Lion pub, in the direction to Sarsen Fields and Overton Downs: The Herepath (Green Street). We are on The Ridgeway.

Aprox 8 miles (if you go the right way!)

St.Michael linemapWe are following the Michael-Mary Ley-line. My friend Andrew has already walked to Avebury from Carn Les Boel Cornwall and is continuing to Hopton on the Norfolk coast. Website – UTUBE video. He has walked the CAMINO in Spain several times.

The line is straight on the map but the flow of the Earth’s energies over the route is Serpentine. It follows and twines about the land: twin pathways: female the Mary line, male the Michael line; often snaking away and around the land conjoining at nodal points. These nodal points when one or both meet at certain locations on the land form the straight Ley-line shown on the map. The line has a very high percentage of ancient sites and churches on the line. Also the intervening meanderings of the Michael-Mary lines also meets and crosses lots of subsidiary locations in between the major nodal points. There is an absolutely vast amount of such locations, many removed by farming methods. The film Standing With Stones is a very good example of the huge amount of these ‘Ley-markers’ that our ancestors worked to install. In a period (Neolithic) when the population was dispersed and very small they undertook a massive project, almost beyond comprehension, so they must have had a very good reason.

Seed of Nowledge Stone of PlentyOne answer may be in the book;  Seed of Knowledge Stone of Plenty, in which the author has found that seeds put near to such stones become more fertile and longer lasting; very important to a burgeoning agricultural society. It also shows that these flowing energies may certainly be beneficial for other reasons.

Walking above the breathtaking rolling hills on the white chalk path of the Ridgeway after turning left at Fyfield Down Nature reserve above the Malborough Downs:



Fyfield Down Avebury Ridgeway route to Barbury castle


We missed the White Horse!

Were Heading for Here - On The Ridgeway Ridgeway sign

Onwards to Barbury Castle Hill Fort: bumble bee

Ridgeway to Barbury Catle Barbury Castle Hillfort

Barbury Castle Sign Flying a kite at Barbury castle on the Ridgeway

The ancient ‘castle’ hill fort from the air and also a recent nearby crop circle:

Barbury Castle - from the air Crop Circle nr Barbury Castle

After the castle we ended up going straight on instead of going to the left (adding about four miles)

Which way? We learned after this long detour that many walkers have made this mistake!

Whichway - Ridgeway Get A Move On - Wrong way - Ridgeway

Our detour took us past the Race Horse Gallops:

Race Horse Gallops - wrong Ridgeway


At the end of this white chalk route we came to a road, where we met a walker going in the opposite direction; he told us to go left at the road up the hill and to keep on to Ogbourne Maizey and through that little hamlet on to Ogbourne St Andrew.


So we had left the Ridgeway and our detour now made us headed on the road to Ogbourne Maizey with its beautiful thatched cottages:

Thatched Cottage Ogbourne Maizey Thatched Cottage - Ogbourne Maizey

Ogbourne St andrew Bus Stop


We went through the village to the main road and went to the left and along it to Ogbourne St Andrew and the church there: the objective of our walk:



This is not a pub The River Og

Andrew reaches St Andrews Church - Osbourne St andrew St Andrews Church - Door - Osbourne St Andrews

St Andrews Church and Graves - Ogbourne St Andrews

bumble beeSt Andrews Church was closed. The church is close to a hill in the graveyard: a bronze age barrow.

Andrew dowsed the outside of the church certifying that the line ran through the doors (right through both sides).

We were now heading for Ogbourne St George. A lot of Ogbourne’s in this are all on the river Og.

As we had gone wrong on our route adding several miles making the walk into about 12 miles, we were fortunately picked up by car by another of our friends (Jan) and taken to nearby Ogbourne St George were our overnight stay was in a stable!

Ogbourne St George - Stables Horses - Ogbourne St James

Of course the evening was spent in the local pub, remarkably The Inn With The Well!

The Inn With The Well



bumble beeAnd yes… the well is on a Ley-line.




The next part of the walk begins from the pub were we met another friend Theo Van Der Burg from Holland: NEXT > Ogbourne St George to Bishopstone

AVEBURY a MEGAlithic trip

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A walk around Avebury taking in several of the major locations: approx 5.5 miles.

Fosse Way

First taking a route in the car from Yorkshire to the Roman Road: THE FOSSE WAY.  Calling in at Brinklow Castle then with a diversion to the the ROLLRIGHT STONES:

Brinklow Castle Sign Brinklow Castle Mound

ST John The Baptist Church Brinklow

Saint John The Baptist church is in the village of Brinklow, its on the Fosse Way (B4455 Road) behind the church stands the mound remains of Brinklow Castle.

The earth works at this location is most likely older than the castle and the church and is thus located here following the adoption of existing pagan sites to become absorbed by the newer religion. Brinklow Parish church Window Inside the church; a peaceful atmosphere is quit palpable.


bumble beeBrinklow Parish Church window:



The Fosse Way reaches the the A 429 turning off towards Shipton on Stour, continuing on through Long Compton on the A3400 reaching The Rollright Stones:

The Rollright Stone circle

The Rollright Stone circle with a maze cut into the foreground grass.


Next we drove onwards to Avebury: Avebury-Henge


Avebury-Old-Map-Stukeleyx St.Michael linemap

Situated upon the Michael and Mary Ley line Avebury is just as enigmatic as Stone Henge, has a similar stone causeway to Carnac in France and along with all such Neolithic sites is gaining a new wave of interest.

Avebury from the air.

The Red Lion is a good place to start:

Red Lion Avebury

A circular walk; through the Avebury village, onto Silbury Hill, across the main road (A4) to West Kennett Long Barrow, on to the sacred Swallowhead Spring, returning to the path near Silbury Hill (back across the A4) and up over Arden Hill to join the West Kennet Stone Avenue. (5.5 miles) and back to the Avebury central stone circle.


The village:

Post Box - Henge Shop - Avebury Cottage - Avebury

Thatched Cottage - Avebury


A village of imminence beauty, superb on a sunny day; with thatched cottages adorned with flowers.

The Saxon & Norman church of St; James has that silence that can be ‘heard’ it is without doubt an aid to meditation and real prayer and can be perceived at many ancient churches, and neolithic and megalithic sites.

Close to and upon nodal ley-line locations Dowsers can map out the Earth’s Telluric forces and underground energies that our ancestors were far more aware of and marked them with stones and earthworks – we are only now realizing that geometry (shapes and designs) create subtle energies. bumble bee  Many people report perceiving higher altered states of mind and altered states of conciousness being facilitated at such locations. The Saxons and the Normans and the superstitious from those times up until now – thought such places were linked to devilish forces, and so assuaged them by destruction (burning and smashing them) or by annealing them with the positioning of Christian churches built at, on, or over such sites.

St James church:

DSCN9662 DSCN9663

Window St James church Avebury


Light shinning through the window inside the church.

After a visit to the church and experiencing its stillness and silence we crossed over the road to the end of the street and went through the tree lined passageway to emerge at the main Avebury car park. Crossing over the road, Silbury Hill comes into view:



from the road at Avebury car park - Pathway to Silbury Hill Path to Silbury Hill

We passed Silbury Hill (you are not allowed to climb it anymore) and crossed over the main road (A4) to go up the hill to West Kennet Long Barrow:

A4 Road - West Kennett Long Barrow sign Rapeseed fields near West Kennett long Barrow with Silbury Hill below

Green ManOn the hill climb up to West Kennet Long Barrow the abundance of the land, can be appreciated; the agriculture. Although a dominant mono single plant oil rapeseed is dominating and flourishing, marginalised plants are surviving at the edges, though considerably reduced in numbers and some species of insects are flirting about, the birds celebrating and the deer watching. And when a person is in a contemplating state of mind (active meditation) when man is in tune; then such a person becomes the personification of the Green Man; and participates in the the connected dance of life: all of the natural world celebrates.

There is subtle energy flowing through this land. The ancients knew it. They marked the land and positioned stones and mounds to operate with it, to channel it, focusing it for several reasons: for marking out the planetary movements and positions of the stars, amazingly they had knowledge of the Earth’s 26 thousand year precession. For the fertility of the ground and growing things, for agriculture – essential for survival. For sensitive’s to come and visit such places and to be affected so as to become aware of the interdependence and love of all life in harmony with the underlying creator, and carry such experienced awareness back to their communities; the true meaning of the Green Man.

Seed of Nowledge Stone of Plenty


The book:  Seed of Knowledge Stone of Plenty provides a scientific explanation of part of the reasons for megalithic structures. The author John Burke (YOUTUBE outline) using technically sensitive instruments has proven the case but been ignored by mainstream archaeologists. This evidence of the Earth energies that Dowsers have always known is very convincing.


Silbury Hill - 2008


The area surrounding Avebury is the location for annual and sustained manifestations of Crop Circles, these happen all over the world, but are more noticeable here. Many people think they are a hoax. Most think they stopped many years ago; but they continue in complexity year after year unreported in the popular media. Photo (c)Lucy Pringle from: Crop Circle website. More Crop Circles.


West Kennet Long Barrow is just up the hill from Silbury Hill and just above the crop circle shown here in the picture of it in the rapeseed oil field:

West Kennet Long Barrow WK long Barrow

Inside WK Long Barrow Inside West Kennett Long Barrow

bumble beeOne of the large stones at the end of the Barrow was exuding very cold water; it seemed to be oozing up from below. Could this be a spring below: no see comments further on.

Such deep spring water is known to be beneficial and even science is recognizing it as a new type of water; See WATER. But these springs are not found on hills and are fairly scares, most often in lower landscapes: see Swallowhead Spring.

Maria Wheatly pointed out to me after reading this post – “West Kennet long barrow is most wrong. You cannot have sacred healing water on top of a hill in that area on chalk downland rather impossible,  do please amend as it is rather misleading,  that’s if I read it right about healing water at West Kennet?

The geology clearing affects this and chalk absorbs rainwater which is yang water very common in chalk downland and I thought only Avebury had a geospiral. Yin water is rather rare and not that common and that is why you don’t have huge amounts of sites in the Avebury environs, focus Avebury etc ”

My comment to Maria: THANK’s for pointing out about the water oozing up at West Kennet. I will certainly amend it.

I did though ‘feel’ something special about it..that wet stone…. as you say perhaps not healing properties… certainly something useful… I got a very much stronger sense of this at a location last year in Spain:

The Dolmen in Spain – Dolmen de Menga:  Antequera, Málaga region, Spain.

Its also on a hill above limestone, remarkably it has a huge well going down inside, which nobody can account for – who dug it, was it original etc., a further puzzle… put it on your list to investigate if your anywhere near.

As we emerged from inside West Kennet, Swifts were flitting about and flying around us even inside the Long Barrow:

Swallow at West Kennett Long Barrow Swallow inside West Kennett Long Barrow

Tree Dowsing - near West Kennett Long Barrow

Dowsing the energy lines; one runs along from West Kennett Long Barrow, down the hill and right through its centre line is this tree: exuding and spreading around and outpouring this subtle energy from its leaves. From here we go over the path that runs around the field bordered by trees and a small brook to Swallowhead Spring. On our way a small deer crossed our path and kept in front of us, moving slowly then and then it sprang up and with leeping jumps raced around the buttercup filled field circling round and right back to our rear:


Buttercup Field & Silbury hill Leeping Red Deer

Brook Near Swallowhead SpringThe encounter with the tree followed by the deer was a remarkable event reminiscent of what Robert Graves was exposing  about the Druid trees and deer in his book The White Goddess. At the far corner of the field we go over the stepping stones over the brook, around the tree to the spring. It was dry and adorned with trinkets, eggshells beads and wristbands. From here we re-traced our steps back around the field, back to the track and across the A4 through the style gate and on along the pathway alongside the field surrounding Silbury Hill.


Avebury Sign post at Silbury Hill A4


Near the first style/gate there is a path to the right going up Waden Hill, we go up and over to the other side to join the west Kennett Avenue of megalithic stones:




Walking up Waden Hill - Silbury Hill in the background

The View over the hill:

Hawthorne Tree - Waden Hill Avebury Butterfly on white weeds

On the grassy path over Warden Hill a Hawthorne tree adorned with trinkets, ribbons and hanging eggs, below a butterfly. Below the photographs show the valley bottom and the West Kennett Avenue of stones:

Over Arden Hill - W. Kennett Stone Avenue West Kennett Avenue of Megalithic Stones

Walking along the stone lined avenue we reach the Avebury circle and in an inner circle we Dowsed the energy:

Andrew Dowsing at Avebury Dowsing the in the Avebury circle; locating geometric shapes

bumble beeA pregnant lady sits against a stone in the background as we Dowsed the central area which once had a huge upright megalith positioned in the middle.

We found a central spiral, an octagon, and a containing square all marked out on the ground, probably rising into the sky above and possible into the Earth below.

Now its beginning to become accepted that Dowsers can map out energy lines and some people with modern instruments have detected energies at sites such as this.

Geologists, historians etc of the mainstream avoid such investigations, but most will agree that the Earth is a planet hurtling through space and revolving at a thousand miles per hour and has a measurable magnetic field. Can this field be detected: yes. Do such fields fluctuate: yes. Do these fields contain potential vast amounts of energies and frequencies: well obviously its another YES.

Geometric shapes within such fields? that seems more difficult to accept, however if we can accept that such subtle underlying fields are residing within a hidden dimension from our normal senses, is that too far fetched a step? Are we sensing and mapping a parallel dimension: possibly an organising crystalline like template emitting designs – well we might just be tapping into the subtle sub-structures and organising energies of mother nature itself!

Look at recurring patterns in flowers: the Sacred Geometry of Flowers.

Sunflower Star - Flower OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA




Discussing the energy lines - Avebury Discussing the energy lines at Avebury

Discussing the energy lines with people we met.

The only thing left to do next –  to sample the Avebury Well Water:

Beer at the Red Lion Avebury


Avebury B&B with crystalsbumble beeSyncronisities begin to occur, but often personalised and not easy to describe as they are meaningless to others outside the internal external manifestations, however one was the fact that our lodgings for a couple of nights in Avebury were spent in a remarkable B&B resplendent with lots of crystals, local books and pictures of crop circles.

The very next day we set off to walk the Ridge Way on the next link from Avebury on the Michael and Mary Ley-line.

The book that inspired the  Michael and Mary Ley-line pilgrimage is:


Books that expand greatly the theory of Ley-Lines.

Spine of Albion


Grindleford Derbyshire

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Grindleford Station

THURSDAY May 2015 – Starting at the station. This is a circular walk of about 6.5 miles going to the ‘flat top hills’ of Carl Walk & Higger Tor.

Visting: Owler Tor, Mother Cap and Burbage Rocks.





Grindleford Station Cafe      Grindleford Spring Water

Totley TunnelPassing the station and over the bridge where the railway line enters the Totley Tunnel, go straight on up bearing to the left hand path, take the signpost way and then straight up the forested hill to the top. Emerging onto a flat area with the Mother cap rock in the distance.

Pictorial shots of the route:


Padley Gorge @ Grindleford

Padley Gorge @ Grindleford



Sign Pagley Gorge

Twisted trees Grindleford

Twisted trees Grindleford


Padley Gorge Sign - NT


Passing the Dynamite Store - Padley Gorge

Passing the Dynamite Store – Padley Gorge

Twisting Trees - Padley Gorge - GRINDLEFORD

Twisting Trees – Padley Gorge

Up There! Scrambling Up

At the top its straight through Lawrence Field on toward the hill on the horizon: Mother Cap.

Top of Padley Gorge UP from Grindleford  Lawrence Field

The Shrew shrew

The little injured shrew we found (Mike holding it – but he leaves our story here). At the road reaching Owler Tor: great views of the valleys beneath, we go right along the road, crossing at the car park and taking the path through the forest rising up:

Road @ Owler Rocks Crossing

forest towards the big rock - Mother Cap Forest Rocks

Bending Trees Round Stonned Hole

At the top: emerging into the rock field we came across photographers filming a model on the rocks (a very cold and windy day):

A Model @ the Rocks She's A Model On The Rocks

Filming the Model Back Model Rock

And the model, she leaves our story here. And we reach MOTHER CAP:

Mother Cap -big rock - Grindleford - Derbyshire Mother Cap Rock Derbyshire


Now at the top we go left along the ridge, passing strange rock formations, and yes Mother cap leaves our story here…

Towards the flat top hill

On to the flat top hills



Detour left

Detour left to first flat top

Crossing the bogg

Crossing the bogg

Hill Fort

Hill Fort

Hill Fort entrance stones Carl Walk - Hill Fort

Carl Walk Hill Fort and ancient settlement and sacred site:

Carl Walk pic Water rings Carl Walk Derbyshire

Split stone - Carl Walk - Derbyshire Carl Walk - next hill

Thats Higgar Tor



We ate our picnic in the shelter of an ancient wall at Carl Walk and looked at the view of the next flat top hill: Higger Tor.

Steps down from Carl Walk then up onto Higger Tor:


Down from Carl Walk Climbing Higger Tor - Derbyshire


On Higger Tor Higger Tor tunnel

Through the Higger Tor Tunnel stones Off Higger Tor to the road

Verdunt tree

Verdunt tree in the midst of dormant grasses


Ridge Path - over from Higger Tor

Ridge Path – over from Higger Tor


Avoiding the road we go down and cross the stream and join the ridge path circling  around and back towards our start point:

Avoiding the road Road Tunnel


The path back and the view over to our left the hills we climbed:

pathway The Hills We Climbed (2)

The path under the ridge:

Beneath the ridge path Ridge above

Ridge workings carved round stone

At the end of the pathway, we detoured up along the road to the pub The Fox Inn:

Route to the pub  Waiting for a pint

Reversing out of the pub and down the main road and following the signs into the Longshaw Estate and following the main track past the house:

Longshaw Eatate Longshaw house

The hills we climbed




Emerging from the estate, there is a hut with information and this plaque outside showing the hills in the distance with their names. Now we cross ocer the road, ignoring the first entrance and taking the second opening in the wall we re- enter Padley gorge, from a different angle.




Padley Gorge brook head great tree

Ignoring the bridge options to cross over to the other side of the river we follow the path through the forest going along and right down, back to Grindleford Station.

National trust sign Padley Gorge


Geology Walk: Settle April 2015

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Geology-walk-start- Settle StationSettle Station meeting for a Geology Walk around Settle: snow capped Pen-y-Ghent in the distance. Settle website.

Settle sits at a seat of very ancient fault lines.


View of the town from Castleberg Rock:


At the back of the Town we took the road up the hill passing this imposing old building housing the museum: Its original name was Tanner House but as nobody ever lived in it its nickname became The Folly. It was built by rich local landowner Richard Preston between 1675 & 1679.

Dales Advert Van Museum - Settle


Talbot Arms Settle  Walking up a hill in Settle

Mounted into the wall is a Sign Post stone:

Old Stone SignPost Old Stone Sign-post in Wall

The stone once stood around here in older times and is now incorporated into the wall.

Albert Hill Settle Towards the Pinfold settle

At the top of Albert hill we fork to the right and looking over the wall to view the fields that were cultivated in the Medieval fields: middle ages ridges and furrows:

Middle Ages - Old Field strips Medieval fields - ridges and furrows

Then going along to the Pinfold turning left and up the steep hill:

Pinfold - Settle


A Pinfold is an animal pound, a holding area for stray or confiscated animals (i.e. for none payment of local fines).

They are now often listed buildings and can be found all over Great Britain.



Going up to the top of the hill, leaving the road and going through a gate, entering a field and going up the steep slop to the wall.

up th' hill Colapsed wall Settle

At the base of these walls you can see very large none dressed boulders and stones, these are Medieval field walls, which were later built upon with newer dressed stones; so the criss-cross fields of England are very ancient.The hills in the distance denote the marker line of one type of geology from another. Those hills are ancient seafloors and coral reefs!

Ancient walls - modern stones on top - settle Medieval & more modern stone walls - Settle

Walkers and walls Settle Lambert Lane

Going along the natural grass path after a short while emerging at a wall and through a gate turning left and up along the old track-way of Lambert Lane; up to the road:

Up Lambert Lane Settle Lambert Lane meets the B road

Rejoining the top end of Albert Hill (Road) and turning left at the junction with High Hill Lane (Direction Long Preston) going up the hill, (Stockdale Lane) and where the road turns to the right going straight on over the style/ or gate. But before that and at that road junction our walk leader gave us information about the area:

High Hill lane ahead Dr David Johnson explains the topography

Dr. David Johnson explains the topology and geology of this location. The hills behind in the picture run along ancient multiple timelines of fault-lines and were once the seabed. The hills and the routes between them have been heavily eroded over the millennia.

Geology Walk map Settle

Tuesday April 28th 2015   Decoding the Landscape   Settle-Carlisle walking festival.
Dr David Johnson of Ingleborough Archaeology Group on a circular walk following the Settle Geology Trail to Attermire Scar and Winskill and interpreting geology including the Craven Fault system and its impact on the present landscape, cave archaeology and settlement from late prehistory to the medieval period. The walk is steep in parts and will ‘stop and start’ as Dr Johnson interprets this fascinating area.


Gate Stockdale Lane Settle


Straight on up the grassy slope to the Style in the wall and continuing up and over to reach open countryside, with magnificent views ahead.





Great Views ahead - Settle Sugar Loaf Hill Settle

The green hill in front is called Sugar Loaf Hill, a mere pinprick compared to the mountainous one with a cable car going up it in Rio de Janeiro. That shape was the way that sugar was tipped and formed in the scales and measured in days of the past. This one is made from coral it was once a coral reef. Moving on past the Sugar Loaf Hill and down the field facing Warrendale Knotts approaching Attermire Scar:

Going past Sugar Loaf Hill settle Great View - Warrendale Knotts - Settle

Warrendale Knotts the rounded (eroded) hill tops in the distance are the remains of an ancient Coral Reef, becoming compressed limestone. Limestone mining is still a big enterprise in the Settle area. The small valleys between the row of hilltops have been more eroded than other areas giving the topography we see today. The uplift of the land into hills from the seabed was caused by shifting plate tectonics and multiple fault lines pushing up the ground. Its still an ongoing process but far less violent than those ancient days. Though the gate down the field to a style turning left and along the wall towards Langcliffe Scar

Towards Warrendale-Knotts- and - Langcliffe Scar Langcliffe Scar

Towards - Langcliffe Scar Settle


Going along a slight downwards incline, along the wall with the Warrendale Knotts high above (unseen) and on the left of this picture, heading for a gap, a valley on the left the passage between Warrendale Knotts and Attermire Scar we come across some rusty old iron plates:



Steel Plates WW! targets - Settle WW1 Gunnery Targets - Settle

These rusted steel plates were used as targets for gunnery practice in WW1 Training.

Gunnery At Buckhaw Brow.

Pressing on in the rain turning left into the passage between Warrendale Knotts and Attermire Scar, crossing over the wall by the style, heading up the path to emerge into more open country onwards towards Victoria cave:

Approaching the Warrendale Knotts and Attermire Scar passage - Settle going to Victoria cave

Cup and Ring Round Stone


Then on the right we found a stone lying flat on the ground with Cup & Ring markings upon it.

Evidence of Neolithic man being in this area.

Then following the obvious track along the wall to Victoria Cave:



Wall and Wire nr Victoria Cave settle Victoria cave - Settle

Victoria Cave - Attermire Scar - Settle

VICTORIA CAVEhippos, rhino’s, elephants and hyenas were just some of the bones found in this cave, these animals lived here in the Upper Pleistocene interglacial period when the climate was much warmer and the area was lower than it is today. Also it was nearer the equator, and today’s location of the UK has drifted far north due to tectonic plate movement. In a later period brown bears and reindeer were in the vicinity; an 11 thousand year old antler harpoon tip was one of the finds in the cave.

Ancient man probably dwelled here and the Romans thought it a sacred site as their offerings were found in the cave: brooches and coins. These were found by Tot Lord who also unearthed a 8 foot giant skeleton at Buckhaw Brow.

Over There


Over there… the huge disused quarry and to the right an amazing flat-bed of limestone.

We then continued along the wall to a style and straight over the track into the field and along to the road and turning to the right along the road

(over the cattle grid.


Wire and Wall walking to the shell wall

Ancient Coral Reef Wall Ancient Coral Reef Wall - signpost

At Winskill: The wall here was dynamited to expand the access around the road and the cattle grid. This has exposed the ancient coral and lots of shells:

Pointing out the coral Coral Reef Rock

White Farm White Ingleborough


White farmhouse with snow capped Ingleborough in the distance. Apparently the farmer has a lot of recovered artefacts from various finds and geology digs in the area.

Turning back along and down the road in the direction of Settle and crossing the gate into the field with the forest ahead:


Forest Settle Clay Pits Forrest

From here we just followed the obvious path and track down to Settle.

Down to Settle Cirlcular Lichen








Long Preston to Settle

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LONG  PRESTON station is the start of this walk which takes you through a valley along the river and to Settle with amazing views of the changing geology of the landscape.

From the station; walk up to the main road. Left takes you to the village centre and the May Pole, right takes you to the old church and on to the route of this walk (apx 6 miles) .

Road Sign Long Preston St Mary the Virgin

Saint Mary The Virgin parish church:

St Mary's Long Preston - window 1 St Mary's Long Preston - window 3 St Mary's Long Preston - window 4

Jean – Baptiste Capronnier: Stained Glass Windows

Follow the road to the left hand side of the church and again immediately left again and up the hill.

MAP - Long Preston to Settle

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  28 April – 4 May is the time of the Settle area Walking Festival.

  May the first for the May Pole Dance.

  At the top of the road up the small hill, leaving the church you reach a    cross-roads at the school, here you turn left:

  Wall @ St Mary's - Long Preston

The view behind – leaving the church. The view ahead and up the hill:

Country Road - Long Preston Langber Lane - signpost

  Turning to the right at the hilltop (and school) and taking the road to Langber lane.

Misty Trees - Long Preston

The tarmac road runs out at the Langbar Lane and junction with the turning on the right to a farm. Go straght along and down the winding lane to the wooden bridge over the river. Above is a strange circular wall encapsulating a deep water filled ‘sink hole’, to the right along the river is the route to Otterburn, to the left the valley and our route to Settle.

Three Pine Trees

River - Long Preston

With the river on the left we continue along the grassy pathway:

Style Yorkshire Wild Flowers - April - 1

Yorkshire wild flowers APRIL:

Yorkshire Wild Flowers - April - 2 Yorkshire Wild Flowers - April

Yorkshire Wild Flowers - April - 3 WILD FLOWER FINDER

Continuing along the riverside path, over the wooden bridge and turning to the right: ahead – through the gate and up the grassy hill:

Wooden Bridge UpHill

There is a clear path over the top, eventually bending around and up above the beck below. Geology; humped mounds formed by glacial activity?

Tre Shadow Along the Beck

Fording the Beck - Long PrestonThe track leads down to the beck and here you have to cross… then go through a gate. Looking back – the weathered sign to Long Preston:

Weatherd Long Preston sign

At this point you emerge onto a tarmac road go along it to the left towards the Pine tree forest – where in April the Ladybirds are emerging:

Road & Forest  LadyBirds hatching in Pines

Keeping on the road the view abruptly changes with first views of the distant hills and completely changed geology:

Distant change in geology

The geology of the hills in front are very ancient – GEOLOGY website. The views are magnificent… but to the left an eyesore, someone has chopped down an entire forest without leaving the edges with a covering line of trees. This leaves the view to one side looking like the Tunguska devastation. It will take forty years to grow more trees.  Hopefully low bushes will be sooner. Makes you wonder why this was allowed to be left like this:

Forest Gone 1 Forest Gone 2

A Much better view ahead:

Ingleborough rising above the clouds

Ingleborough rising above the clouds

You can see at this point on this road that the geology of the hill in front are quit different, more ancient, a fault line must be here. That’s Ingleborough above the clouds and another of the ‘three peaks’ Pen-y-gent, is hidden behind the nearer front hills.

Continuing along the road>

Road to Hills Road to the hills bk Settle

Eventually the road ends where it meets the ‘b’ road between Settle and Mallom, here turn left and just there over the bridge is a fabulous waterfall:

Waterfal Top Waterfal btm

Back to the road after visiting the waterfall heading towards Settle (left) and soon you reach a joining road to the right with a stop sheep enclosure just over the wall:

Sheep Pen settle Sheep Pen Settle (Vet)

Lane Sign

Lambert lane is just along the road, turn into it and follow it down to a left hand bend, and just after the bend there is a gate in the wall and a sign to Settle. Walking along Lambert Lane such a brilliant stillness was present; was it due to the weather changing. Was it because of the geology. Was it because of my own state of mind?

LAMBERT LANE Lambert Lane (2)

 To Settle on Lambert LaneGo through the gate then follow this grassy route to Settle.

On this occasion we met the farmer. He had to drive his vehicle through the gate but all the sheep were following it and would have got out. So he took the empty plastic feed bag away from the gate,  all the pregnant sheep – they wanted a second feed – followed him. Then when far enough from the gate he rushed to his car and drove through.

Farmer with Sheep Settle Farmer and sheep

Farmer decoying sheep Far enough away sheep

The grassy path leads downward you go over a style:

Style to Settle Wiggly Wall Settle tops

After a while you reach a downwards slopping field which leads into a walled road (there is a deep quarry here). Go down to the houses below and turn left towards Settle passing the Pinfold picnic area:

Path outskirts of settle Settle and sign

Down the lane into Settle>

Old Bldg Settle SETTLE


The Long Man of Long Preston

The Long Man of Long Preston

Archiology dig Long Preston

Archaeology dig Long Preston


Long Preston MAYPOLE in the rain 2015

Long Preston MAYPOLE in the rain 2015



Norwood Green to Brighouse

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Norwood Green War Memorial plus route description to Brighouse - Calderdale Way

Fairley short aprox 4 .5 Miles and not many interesting things to see on this short stretch of the Calderdale Way.

Setting out on a cold icy and windy morning on the last day of January 2015.

Along the road from the Old White Beare pub the road turns to the left: ROOKES LANE at the war memorial garden.


Norwood Green War Memorial Rookes Lane - Norwood Green

Its just a few short yard to a children’s playground on your left and a Calderdalw Way sign to the left, go along the short road to an iron gate:

CALDERDALE WAY - Norwood Grean Iron Gate

An old house and a very muddy path:

Old House - Norwood Green Muddy Path

Muddy Way


The track is incredibly muddy after rain, so you need boots and gaiters if such weather conditions apply. The path ahead goes over a railway bridge. Turning into an open field you walk along towards the main road you will see in the distance.



Nordgreen - nurseries - Calderdale Way


In the distance you will see the bridge that used to carry an old railway line over the road, some days (weekends) there is a riffle range shooting away. You go through a style and cross the busy main road to a signpost and continue into a field around the side of the Garden centre.


Cut Off Bridge

Bridge with missing end


Hilltop - Horses - Calderdale Way

Hilltop – Horses – Calderdale Way

Going through a wooden style, go to the left, with a forested area with the stream on your left,  to a bridge:

Bridge into Bailiff Bridge

Going straight over the bridge and through the gap in the houses (New Housing estate), into the little village of Bailiff bridge.

Housing Gap - Bailiff Bridge

Bailiff Bridge sign

The Village was once dominated by a set of huge carpet mills: Firth’s Carpets.








WAR MEMORIAL - Bailiff bridge Tram men to war - Bailiff bridge


Old Tram line Bailiff bridge


After passing through the housing estate, turn into the war Memorial Park.

Also the location for the Tram Stop for Bradford and Halifax that ran before World War 1.

Go to the main road and cross over at the traffic lights, going up on the road  in the direction of Cleckheaton.


The last carpets  in Bailiff Bridge

The last carpets in Bailiff Bridge

Calderdale Way on the road to Cleckheaton

Calderdale Way on the road to Cleckheaton

Birckhouse Lane

Now climbing up the steep Birkby Lane hill, rising up above bailiff bridge. Climbing up you will see a bridge over the road (disused railway) before reaching it turn right onto Birkhouse Road.

This Road approaches another bridge in front of you, but you turn left on a fork; going along this lane it eventually meets a gate with an old house on your right.

Over the old railway Old Rail Line

Here turn left and go up the hill and over the old disused railway and continue up to the where you will reach a junction ( road crossing): it has a signpost to the left again continuing along the Calderdale Way.

Map Map 2

Goats Road ahead

Calderdale way post


A straight road that dips in the distance and circles about a farm (Common End Farm) then goes up a steep hill.

At the top of the hill is a derelict Farm and an empty bungalow.


Common End Farm

Common End Farm




Derelict farm

Derelict Farm

Way-Sign - on StonePassing the derelict farm on the right and turning left, past an empty bungalow, and through the rusty gate/style immediately turning left to regain the Calderdale Way sigh painted onto a stone style. And going down hill along the like of Hawthorne trees, descending to a farm and a stream in the valley:

Rusty Gate

Path continues







Into the field and down under the power pylons, a view to the right of the outskirts of Brighouse.



Under The Pylons Outskirts of Brighouse - Calderdale Way

Hole Bottom Farm Stone Sign



At the bottom of the hill passing the stream you reach Hole Bottom Farm which is a horse ridding school and stables complex.

Reaching the road turn right down a slight incline, soon on your left you will see a sign with steep steps, go up, and along the tree lined field to the house at the top. Go through the wall gap onto the road and turn right… continuing along past several houses:

House with conservetary

The road winds around slightly descending, passing an old estate, with a gate entrance locked and closed, go past and here the view opens out with a large field on your right hand side with Brighouse spreading out below.


old wrought iron gates Open fields down to Brighouse  BRIGHOUSE

You can see the white towers of the Sugdens old flour mill now converted to the ROKT Climbing Gym. Walk down to the forest. You reach a wall with a path down into the valley/forest, ignor this and turn sharp left and follow this walled path right along until it exits down steps to the main road.

Forest & Valley entrance wall Walled path to Brighouse

It was here along this path that a large Roebuck deer leaped out from the trees and over the wall just a few yards in front. Amazing site, to quick to photograph.

Emerging at the road with the sandwich hut in front go to the right and cross over the road to Alegar Street and go down it to the bottom and turn sharp right:

Sanwich shop Alegar Street Brighouse

The way through the outskirts backstreet’s of Brighouse zig-zags, left at Grove Street, Armitage Road and into Mill Lane until you see the main town centre roundabout.

Grove Street

Grove Street – Brighouse



Armitage Road Mill Lane

Barge Pub Brighouse






Todmorden To Blackshaw Head

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Todmorden: bourders Yorkshire - Lancashire

Todmorden: bourders Yorkshire – Lancashire


This walk can follow on from the first Todmorden walk: Todmorden Town centre to Ewood Hall (A646).

First some views of the Town and a local hero:


Todmorden Town Hall

By Industry we prosper, flower garden for bees: By Industry We Prosper -motifs at the Canal in the Town:

The Bee-holder of Todmorden

The Bee holder of Todmorden


Honey Bee TodmordenPower of Flowers - Todmorden

Waggle Dance - TodmordenBy Industry We Prosper - TODMORDEN

Toy and Model Museum - Todmorden


The Todmorden Toy and Model Museum.


A fantastic place of toy and model nostalgia, hosted by a most congenial gentleman. A great book shop next door with a good pub next door to that.

Lore of the Land - Todmorden     Town Hall rear - Todmorden

Lyalls Bookshop                                       Town Hall: rear

Logo -Calderdale Way Marker  Walking out of town to the CALDERDALE WAY.

Railway Arch Todmorden


Roman Hill Fort - Todmorden

Is that an ancient Roman Hill Fort up there on the moor?

To get to the start, go through the park along the main Burnley road (A646) under the railway arch road bridge:

Centre Vale Park Todmorden

Centre Vale Park Todmorden







John Fielden

John Fielden – statue in Centre Vale Park Todmorden

The Fieldens of Todmorden

You can learn the industrial heritage of Todmorden in this great book: The Feildens of Todmorden.




Feilden Hall Todmorden

Feildens Hall Todmorden

Feildens School window                    Feildens School Todmorden - glass window

Elwood Lane Todmorden The start begins near the Feilden Hall on Ewood Lane; cross over the A646 to Stoney Royd Lane, and go up and along and through the railway tunnel. Its a walk of 7-8 miles.

Stoney Royd Lane Todmorden - Calderdale Way

Then you are on a road that goes up passing Stannaly Farm; it winds round and up until the forested route opens up to moorland vistas:

Emerging onto the moor

Todmorden To Blackshaw HeadThe route bends to the right, behind you can see the Orchan Rocks:

Orchan Rocks

Fading route sign - Calderdale Way

The stone walled route passes a stone farm house Stannaly Farm and continues to rise up,

Derelict farm buildings

Eventually reaching a T junction: go to the right:

To the Rocks Whirlaw Stones

Here you pass the Stannaly Stones up above, with curios shapes and features:

Stannely Rocks: The Stegosaurus  - Calderdale Way

Stannely Rocks: The Stegosaurus – Calderdale Way


Stoned Path Passing Whirlaw Stones

Heavily Worn Stoned Path Calderdale Way - above Todmorden


The heavily worn stoned path  above Todmorden and rounding the stones above (ancient Roman Hill Fort?) the view opens up, passing a gate with distance views of Stoodley Pike.

Gate and distant Studdley Pike

Roman Hill Fort Matching Colours - Farm and Cow - Todmorden

The path reaches a gate and style which begins to descend into a forested area with a walled path.

Style and Gate Very Mushroomed Tree

Descending Walled Path - Calderdale Way Todmorden through the trees

Distant views of Todmorden below through the trees over Hole Bottom. You reach a three option set of paths one the lager runs down towards the town, another smaller walled stoned pat is straight across, ignoring both turn to the left passing the cottagers and go straight on up, along the border of the Todmorden Golf Course.

Todmorden Golf Club Clock

Tod Golf Club

Elephant Weather

Passing the Todmorden Golf Club you emerge at Broad Ing Top Farm: with Deer!

Red Berries Todmorden Deer Farm


Continue and cross over the Road at West Hey Head Farm:
West Hey Head


Wall Sign Caldedale Way

A Deer View - Calderdale Way Style - Higher Birks Calderdale WayHigher Birks view of Stoodley Pike

Going on through Higher Birks. Great views of Stoodley Pike here are round Earth workings:

High Birks Earth Works - Calderdale Way

Here you come to a double set of styles crossing through a deep depression line. Passing on along a wall towards a house on your left. Go straight on passing the cottages:

arrow pointer stone cottagesSCN7056


The path leads to a second deep depression to cross over.

Red Berries and Stoodley Pike Calderdale


The route now enters a wooded area with a small stream flowing through, cross over emerging into a hilly area take the route up to your right up a steep hill and follow the track skirting the house emerging out the other end, here there is a Calderdale Way post indicating straight on through the upwards inclined field to a walled area.

Calderdale Way Post


The path merges with another above and you go along a wall and cross a style into a walled pathway eventually emerging onto a road with a signpost:


Pike & Post

Turn right and up the road to the T junction turn right and carry on to the GREAT STONE:

Great Rock - Calderdale Way


Great Rock Top Rock-Pool - Calderdale Way


To be continued –  going on the track past and at the back of the Great Rock – down to Hippins Bridge past the old house and up to Blackshaw head….



Going along you next pass the Whirlay Stones.

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