We have discovered wonderful, atmospheric, inspiring places...
Here are a few of them (there are so many!). This really is a very small selection and there are many many more fascinating places around the county.
All pictures here are © Carya Gish and © Matt ArtPix.
Langdon Hill "was known for having possessed an ancient coven of hereditary witches and it is possible the descendants of this coven are still working here on the hill. [...] Altars have been found in hidden-away locations."
Louise Hodgson, Secret Places of West Dorset, Roving Press 2011.
Another great atmospheric place is Knowlton church and rings. The Neolithic rings were probably a religious site and you can still see the circular bank and ditches. The church was built in the middle of the rings in order to destroy their religious power at a time when Christianity was asserting its powers over Paganism. It doesn't look like it worked though, as apparently the parishioners were all killed by the plague in 1348. After that, the church fell into disuse, and by 18th century, it was a mere ruin.
Ghosts and mystical energies have been associated to the site.
When we were there, we stumbled upon the remains of what we think had been a very recent Pagan ceremony. I would love to know more about the various elements in the pictures below. The main circle was made of branches, leaves, stones, twigs, feathers and sticks. There had been a small fire in the centre, and someone had hung some small wicker amulets(? not sure how to describe these) to a big branch.
I will wrap up this blog by adding a entirely gratuitous picture of the view from the top of the Golden Cap, looking West.