Revisiting the stones

north 081Monday we were once again out in the landscape. We had decided we needed to go back to Arbor Low stone circle. There were a few things we wanted to consider and a white stone to place. There had been a little rain… this is England after all, but even with the Bank Holiday traffic we were soon clear of the town and out into the lovely green and gold of spring.

north 091We were going for leisurely again so stopped for the toasted teacake and obligatory coffee in Monyash. In the hopes of finding the doors open this time we wandered over to St Lawrence’s church while we were there. The font is an interesting one and so, it turned out, were the tiles in the choir and some of the statuary. Also interesting was the coincidental presence of a gravedigger… I have some odd dreams and this tied in precisely with the one the night before.

north 018It is a short drive to Arbor Low from there. A curious place with a lot of earthworks and an almost complete stone circle… which is, and may always have been, recumbent. There are stories that tell how the stones were pushed down a few hundred years ago, but as no traces of postholes have been found it seems this may be the way it was designed.

north 076We had some theories to test, so it was good to have the place to ourselves, apart from some interested sheep. We managed enough time to be useful before a young couple wandered laughing into the circle. Quite what they thought of the pair of us laid out on either side of the circle like a pair of corpses doesn’t bear thinking about. However, we had done enough.. for now.

north 094The thing is with these sites that things don’t fall into place always at the first visit and you have to keep going back to explore the realisations that inevitably come later. The more often you go, the deeper the rapport you seem to establish, and the more knowledge you end up bringing to the problem of interpreting them. We had found some interesting alignments with other sites and the maps had been revealing… going back was a necessity. And that was without the theories!

north 022We wandered over to Gib Hill… and ancient barrow that had also once been used as a gibbet. Laid out on top of that was revealing too… how much I didn’t know at the time until I got back home and did some research on the local area, which leads to a place now on our list of ones to visit; a place with possibly a gruesome event at its end. We shall see.

north 112Meanwhile we had to escape the cow determined to get its picture taken then it was back to the Bull for the best salmon in Derbyshire before heading back to town. There was some question of going out later for dinner, but given the state of my eyes at this point discretion, cheese and crisps seemed a better idea. Anyway, we still had stuff to discuss and writing to be done. I wrote up what we had been working on while my companion dozed for a while. It had been a busy few days, and more to come next weekend as I head off to collect friends from the States to explore this beautiful landscape. I will even get as far as a dear friend in Scotland this time. There are adventures to come….

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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10 Responses to Revisiting the stones

  1. I’m so lucky I live not too far from Avebury. I have only been a few times but I always have the urge to go there. Perhaps I should go more often! x


  2. ksbeth says:

    yes, indeed there are adventures to come, and you are very in tune with the universe, both while awake and sleeping.


  3. sknicholls says:

    There is so much around you that is truly fascinating. It would be hard not to bring that into the subconscious.


  4. Noah Weiss says:

    I like your take on the region in that you need to see it more than once. There are so many things that are deeper than the surface.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      To see things once is to be a tourist… to see them twice is to begin to get to know them, to keep going back you build a relationship… and each time you bring more to the place and so can learn more.


  5. Eileen says:

    What is the land formation in the last photo? Was it a burial site?


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