Stonehenge and Bath: Time Travel in the West Country

Stonehenge dominates Salisbury Plain

Time played a major role in my day trip from London to Stonehenge and Bath. It meant getting up early, for a start, an activity that has never been one of my strong points. But such is the allure of Stonehenge and Bath that I made the effort to roll out of bed in time to join the tour at Victoria Coach Station in central London for a tour that would cross the country and take us back roughly 5000 ... Read Full Article

Winter Solstice at Stonehenge

Sunrise at Stonehenge

Attending the winter solstice at Stonehenge is a dark and cold logistical challenge that deters less dedicated tourists and, as a result, is a more intimate and spiritual event. The summer and winter solstices are two of only four times during the year when Stonehenge has 'Managed Open Access', meaning patrons can enter without paying admission and are not required to remain at a distance ... Read Full Article

A Magical Day at Stonehenge

Stonehenge today

  It was on my first visit to Stonehenge some years ago that I experienced the magic of the stone circle.  I’d been visiting a friend who was a psychic while I researched for a novel set on the Salisbury Plain. She urged me to go to Stonehenge and stand inside the inner circle to see what psychic and spiritual feelings came to me. I still recall that day clearly, the awesome sight ... Read Full Article

A Rainy Day on the Salisbury Plain

Avebury Stones

  The rain was pouring down, the wind blustering so hard it kept blowing my umbrella inside-out, but even in the stormy weather, the ancient Stone Circles of Avebury  was an amazing sight. Perhaps the misty aura around the site made it even more mystical. I had waited years to see this place and I wasn’t going to let the weather deter me. A travel-writer friend who lives nearby had offered ... Read Full Article

Out and About: Day Trips Near London


With urban sprawl for miles and miles and a bulging population of over seven million people, London can be a bit too much for some tourists to handle.  Happily, there are a number of nearby villages and hamlets that are perfect for a day trip and easily reachable via the transport networks leading out of the city.  Try some of the following places to ease your mind and get a feeling for what ... Read Full Article