Peter Knight has been leading daylong and half-day trips to sacred sites since 1995, as part of his own annual programme and at the invitation of groups and societies and these can be custom-made to suit. Trips include handouts to keep, which show maps and diagrams of leys and astronomical events, etc. They often include drumming and meditations at sacred sites. Here are some of his favorite sites.
A Neolithic henges complex, Bronze Age barrows, megaliths, yew tree avenue and Norman church. South of Cranborne on the B3078. A wonderful area, alive with earth energies and crossed by several leys. Peter has recorded and observed astronomical alignments, such as his famous observation of the Equinox sunrise over the nearby Great Barrow. Megaliths to be seen in base of tower, inside ruins and new ones found recently in henge bank. Grid ref: 024103. Peter regularly runs tours to this site. Refs: ASofD p.48-53, 70; DP p.123-125; SD p.11-12, 151; 13M – Knowlton features in Chapters 2, 17 and 19 of Peter’s novel. For more info and photos of Knowlton go to this link: http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/44
Hillfort, west of Wimborne. Iron Age ramparts plus Bronze Age barrows nearby. Several leys cross the area. One of the possible sites of “Mount Badon”, where legend says King Arthur defeated the Danes. One several ley lines. Refs: ASofD p.53, 59, 62, 73; DP p.116, 118-119; SD p.126-127, 196, 214. For more info and photos follow this link: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=8
The famous chalk figure, at Cerne Abbas, north of Dorchester. Viewing from signposted car park. Also there is a sacred spring and Abbey remains in the village. The spring and village church are on a ley plotted by Paul Devereux. The Bellingstone on a nearby hill and Peter has shown that it is astronomically aligned with Giant at Beltaine sunrise. Refs: CG; ASofD p.29 and 160; DP p.66, 71, 75; SD p.70-71, 78-79, 275. Peter runs annual tours of the area around the Giant, and has recently discovered astronomical alignments with the Giant. Peter’s new book is all about the Cerne Giant (click here). For some great photos of the Giant follow this link: http://www.catnip.co.uk/cerne/
Neolithic Dolmen, complete with roof and chamber intact. Stunning isolated location near Dorchester. Entrance and mound is aligned with mid-winter sunrise. Good simulacra on one stone. It’s Dorset’s oldest building with its roof still on! Site is on ley lines and is a powerful energy locality. Other outliers have been recorded by Peter in the area. Grid ref: 696867 – signposted from nearby paths. Peter runs tours to this site – see 2014 list of events. Refs: ASofD p.119-123; DP p.58-60; SD p.173-175. For more info and photos of the Hellstone follow this link: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=4664
Bronze Age stone circle. Complete circle of stones, most standing, next to road at Winterbourne Abbas. Lots of astronomical alignments plotted by Peter, and simulacra – look for the symbolism in the stones! A powerful site of earth energies. Suffers from close proximity of A35. Grid ref: 661904. Peter includes this site on some of his Dorset field trips. Refs: ASofD p. 32, 139-142; DP p.66-69; SD p.150, 165-167; 13M - features in chapters 10,11 and 18 of Peter’s novel. For more info and photos on the Nine Stones follow this link: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=127
Bronze Age stone circle, north of Abbotsbury. Elliptical circle of prone stones, on ley lines, with astronomical alignments and dowsable energies – exhibits “energy gates”, as at the Rollrights. Isolated location and stunning views. Close to Ridgeway track and near Grey Mare long barrow (see below). Grid ref: 577878. Refs: ASofD p.125-128; DP p.38-40. For more info and photos of the stone circle follow this link: http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/282
This isn't in the list, but waxing lyrical about Stonehenge. Neolithic chambered long barrow. Three big megaliths, collapsed chamber. Mound aligns with winter solstice sunrise and also summer solstice sunset (which sets between two hills on the skyline, the “breasts of the Earth Mother”). Near to ancient ridgeway, with great views. Grid ref: 584871. See AsofD for more megaliths in the area. Kingston Russell circle is nearby (see above). Peter runs field trips to this site each year – see events list. Refs: ASofD p.114-117; DP p.61-63; SD p.170-171, 206-207; 13M – the site features in Chapter 9 of the Peter’s novel. For more info and photos of the site follow this link: http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/41
Bronze Age stone circle. East of Corfe Castle, set in woods, next to the road. On ley lines, and dowsable energies. Outlying megaliths too, which are astronomically aligned. Grid ref: 995821. Nine Barrow Down is to the south (see below). Peter includes this site on his Purbecks field trips. Refs: ASofD p.92-97; DP p.131-133; SD p.171-172. For more info and photos/plan of the circle follow this link: http://www.isleofpurbeck.com/rempstone.html
Europe’s largest hillfort, near Dorchester. A massive site with glorious views. Also has Neolithic, Bronze Age barrows and a Roman Temple. Peter has plotted several leys associated with the hill, as well as astronomical alignments. Grid ref: circa 672884. Peter runs field trips to this wonderful locality. Refs: ASofD p.134-136; DP p. 54-56; SD p.128-134, 158-159, 255-256. For more info and photos on Maiden Castle: www.historic-uk.com/DestinationsUK/MaidenCastle.htm
Dorset’s largest remaining megalith. Now prone in woodland north of Verwood (signposted as Stephen’s Stone). Discovered in the 1990’s by Peter and members of the Verwood Historical Society. Impressive size, over 12ft long, tapering at the north end to a point. The huge stone attracts powerful dowsable energies which can be dowsed. Grid ref: 094098. Refs: ASofD p.30, 67-71. For photo of the stone follow this link: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=7558
Neolithic chambered tomb and outlying stones, in West Dorset. Impressive, little known site, in quiet location in valley. Large megaliths, some with simulacra. Grid ref: 514048. Refs: ASofD p.17, 162-165; SD p.149, 166, 258. More info and photos: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=7522
Standing stone, west of Dorchester near the A35. Dorset’s tallest standing megalith, in valley bottom location. On leys and astronomically aligned with nearby barrow. On east side of stone there is a seat, facilitating sunrise observations. Grid ref: 573915. Refs: ASofD p.123-124; SD p.168, 170; DP p.30,35-36. For more info and photos follow this link: http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/3049
Neolithic ceremonial processional way – over 6 miles long. Only a few banks remain, but many barrows skirting the cursus can be accessed. The best location is the southern terminal bank, with large banks and two long barrows aligned with mid-winter solstice - grid ref: 969125. A good section of a Roman road can also be accessed in the area. Knowlton is nearby (see above). Refs: ASofD p. 55, 71, 72, 184, 190; SD p.73-74, 140-148; DP p.120, 122; 13M – features in Chapter 22 of Peter’s novel. For more info and photos of the Cursus click this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorset_Cursus which has further links to good sites.
West of Blandford. Iron Age hillfort, plus Neolithic barrows and sacred yew wood. Glorious views over the Blackmore Vale. At foot of hill is Child Okeford, with great symbolism, that is at the intersection of several leys. This hill is one of the six apex points of The Wessex Astrum, the huge landscape hexagram discovered by Peter and Toni Perrott, which involves Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Avebury. Grid ref: 845126. Refs: WA p96-98, 115-117, 168-170, ASofD p.28, 197; DP p.96-98, 100; SD p.123-124,152-153. For more info and photos of Hambledon Hill follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hambledon_Hill
North of Swanage, on Purbeck Hills, with stunning views. 17 round barrows and a Neolithic long barrow are close together on crest of hill, south of Rempstone Circle. Refs: DP p.133-134. The site is included in Peter’s Purbecks Tour. For more info and photos of Nine Barrow Down follow this link: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=4668