A PAGAN PLACE
In my final post about the day after Bristol, after we left Jaspre at Bradford-on-Avon, we headed south a little bit towards Westbury in Wiltshire. Now Wilts has tons of White Horses carved into its hillside but Westbury looked impressive as I saw it from the train a little while ago and we actually drove near it on our way to Longleat the Friday before. So I was curious to see if close-up. And I admit that it is amazing when you get closer to it. However, unlike the horse in the Vale of The White Horse in Oxfordshire, it’s not that old. Probably dates from the 18th century because the white horse was the family animal of the Hanoverians, so to commemorate George III, lots of them were carved. But you do get a great view looing across the county from the top so it’s well worth a look. The other place I took Andy too was Avebury, which is a little further east of Westbury. He had never seen the stones and the weather was perfect, so I took him there. It’s the third time I’ve visited it and it still looks amazing. Julian Cope lives in the village and there are lots of modern-day ‘witches’ who are located there too. Apparently a friend of mine in the States, Mark Berry, tells me that the pub there the Red Lion is supposed to be haunted. I’ll have to check it out the next time I am there. After Avebury, we picked up the M4 at Swindon and we were hoeme by about 8ish in the evening. Wiltshire is a fantastic, beauty, spellbinding county. So here are a few photos at Westbury and Avebury…









CHIPPING AWAY AT THE PAST
I’m still up in Birmingham as I had a great show but I thought that tonight I’d post a few photos that I took at the Rollright Stones, on the Oxfordshire/ Warwickshire border. It’s a very eerie stone circle in a field a few miles from Chipping Norton, the start of the Cotswolds and this is the latest visit for the Pagan Atlas.The stone on its own is called The King Stone and is across the road from the main circle. So enjoy…

















GO SOUTHWEST YOUNG MAN
Two weekends ago, I went down to Taunton to see Dave Morris and begin research on this Pagan Atlas of Great Britain that I’m planning with Andy Grossberg. It was a magnificent weekend: it started with me stopping off to see my brother in Clifton in Bristol and we had lunch together before I headed off to Taunton. The weather was pretty decent on the Friday and I really enjoyed seeing places I had never been to before. I’d never driven across the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the other side of the bridge had places that I wanted to stop at but I couldn’t. On Saturday, we went to visit a stone circle at a place called Stanton Drew, about 7 miles from Bristol. It isn’t as impressive as Avebury and you have to use your imagination to see them as complete stone circles but it was still very interesting. There’s a small three stone circle called The Cove there which is now in a pub garden (!). Trying to get decent photos of the circle where they looked more than just bits of disconnected stone in a field was bloody hard and made me realise that this isn’t going to be an easy book to put together. But it kicked off my pagan research in a positive way. So here are some photos of Clifton and Stanton Drew. Posts on South Cadbury and Glastonbury to follow. By the way, this month celebrates my two-year anniversary on Blogger…