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Riddles in the churchyard…

“We need to go to Great Longstone.” “Why?” “No idea.” “Oh. Have we been there before?” “Yes.” “I have no memory of this place…” My companion’s acceptance says a lot about our adventures over the past few years.  We have … Continue reading

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A visit to Haddon Hall

Every time we had driven past Haddon Hall, I had the feeling we needed to go there. The feeling bugged me a bit, as stately homes have not really been part of our research. We tend to be drawn to … Continue reading

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Riddles of the Night: Raven’s Nest

Our final site was to be a stone circle high on the moors, but first, we had to get there, and the journey can be as interesting as the destination. We walked the ‘long way’ up to the moor, rather … Continue reading

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Riddles of the Night: The long and the short of it…

We had arranged for everyone to meet on our final morning at the church of St Michael and All Angels in Hathersage. It is a place we have visited on many occasions, but, as had been the way lately, recent … Continue reading

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Riddles of the night: Beneath a starless sky

After dinner in a cosy inn, warmed by good food and roaring fires, we set off for the final adventure of the day. Officially, the visit was not part of the planned weekend, but something we wanted to share with … Continue reading

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Riddles of the Night: Unconventional methods…

A labyrinthine path leads to a summit that ends abruptly in a sheer and unforgiving cliff. From this side, the settlement on Cratcliffe Tor would have been impregnable. Yet, there seems little space or evidence for a group of homes … Continue reading

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Riddles of the Night: Guardians of the Way II

Cratcliffe Tor is a rocky crag, prized these days by rock climbers, and a treacherous twin of Robin Hood’s Stride. It was once the site of an ancient settlement and vestiges of prehistoric earthen ramparts remain. Cross the Portway, and … Continue reading

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Riddles of the Night: Guardians of the Way

Beyond the forest’s leafy shade, The hooded one, with giant’s pace From pinnacle to pinnacle Leap’t silently, in moonlit grace… In eremitic solitude In caverns deep to meditate… Within, the riddle of the night, A key that will elucidate… Beyond … Continue reading

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Riddles of the Night: The Temple of Hewn Stone II

Traditional initiation ceremonies tend to follow a roughly similar outline. The initiand is put through a series of symbolic trials, including the acceptance of mortality, each designed to test resolve and dedication, before symbolically ‘dying’ to their old self and … Continue reading

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Riddles of the Night: The Temple of Hewn Stone

Just behind the Druid Inn and across the narrow lane from Thomas’ Eyre’s church of St Michael, is the strange landscape of Rowtor Rocks. We have visited the place on many occasions, but it needed only one visit to realise … Continue reading

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