A thousand miles of history…

To be exact, that should be one thousand, one hundred and twenty four miles, but that makes for a bit of a mouthful as a title… and that’s without the other few hundred miles Stuart had to travel between his home in the north and our starting point at mine.

Don’t let the map fool you either. The roads we took were nowhere near as straightforward as they look, but Google Maps can only handle a few places at a time. It would probably explode if I asked it to show all the detours, going-round-in-circles-looking-for-obscure-sites and strange, convoluted routes we chose.

According to my navigator, half the roads are not even marked on the proper paper map we use, and we are pretty certain that many of them exist only as sunbathing spots for the local ovine, bovine and equine population.

All of which, as you might have gathered, means we had a wonderful time, regardless of the thoroughly English weather we encountered .

We began with a couple of places we wanted to see en route to Dorchester, where we were to collect Helen from the railway station for the Silent Eye workshop. Over the course of that weekend, we visited twelve historic sites spanning several thousand years. The next day we headed west with Alethea and Larissa for moorlands, stone circles and a rather special church.

And then we headed down to Cornwall and, with sacred and ancient sites around pretty much every corner, a misty, turquoise sea beneath fabulous cliffs and wildflowers everywhere, we were in our element.

Without the record provided by the camera, I would have no chance of remembering all the places we visited in any semblance of order!

As it is, I came back with a couple of thousand photos, fair buzzing at the incredible places we had been… and even the long drive home held surprises.

It seems incredible that we could see so much, and all without rushing either. “You’ve been stretching time again,” said Helen after the workshop… and it certainly feels that way.

Perhaps it was the mists… or perhaps the green wormholes through which we walked and drove that exploited a loophole in the space-time continuum…

…but whatever the cause, I came home a very happy hobbit. And with so many places to write about…

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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54 Responses to A thousand miles of history…

  1. That’s almost the same path I traveled in England, though we also took a long loop through Wales. It was long enough ago that I don’t remember everything — okay, anything — but lots of earthworks and wonderful tiny standing stone circles that had no names and climbing down land’s end and thinking I was probably going to fall and die. Nice to see the memories again πŸ™‚

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  2. “Stretching time.” It’s wonderful when that happens. Sounds like a great trip. I love the picture of the sheep and lambs. And that cow too…

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  3. Michael says:

    It is A green and pleasant land indeed we live in .

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    Exploring like this is one of the things I miss most, now I am getting too old to do it. Reading about your travels and remembering ours is as good as it gets these days…

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  5. I’m glad you had such a wonderful trip, and came home such a happy hobbit!

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  6. Not a mention of God’s own county but it still looks a fabulous excursion, just a tad envious. Tell us more.

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  7. quiall says:

    Sometimes the best way to see the world is to get lost in it.

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  8. The Owl Lady says:

    Sounds like you had a fantastic time, Sue! The pictures are lovely! @v@ ❀

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  9. willowdot21 says:

    It looks delightful πŸ’œ

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  10. Darlene says:

    I anticipate some wonderful blog posts coming up! Sounds like a fabulous trip. England is such a small country but has so much to see packed in it!!

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  11. And you saw a pony on Dartmoor? It was so foggy when we were walking around there were just the sheep and that crow…<3 Pure magic, though, as it sounds like your long journey was. ❀

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  12. dgkaye says:

    Wow, looks like a fantastic journey Sue. Welcome back! πŸ™‚ xx

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Ah, the open road! Nothing like a good road trip. πŸ™‚

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  14. Anne Copeland says:

    I am so appreciative that you three put so much work into all of this. It surely shows, and also we also have so many opportunities to learn so many things besides our consciousness and spiritual growth overall. Thank you so kindly for all that you do. I am afraid to come over there for fear I would never want to come back!

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  15. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide and commented:
    Sue always goes such fabulous places!

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  16. So wonderful, Sue. I love England and its history and countryside. We are hoping to have moved back by August next year so that Gregory can start A levels in the UK. I am looking forward to it so much.

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  17. It sounds like a wonderful and adventurous trip, Sue, despite the weather. Beautiful photos. I like how despite all you traveled and saw, time slowed down. πŸ™‚

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  18. Widdershins says:

    ** makes a big pot of tea and settles back for the stories** πŸ˜€

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  19. Adele Marie says:

    Beautiful pics, Sue looking forward to seeing more. I love the sheep at the bottom, she looks as if she’s smiling for the camera. xxx

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