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Sacred Landscape

(By Val Thomas,  Edited by Matthew Fox, Photographs thanks to Rod Chapman)

There are those who look at Norfolk with a sense of disappointment that we do not have the glamorous stone circles or dramatic landscape features to which so many magical folk are drawn in other parts of the country. Our magic is perhaps somewhat quieter, not so easily noticed by outsiders, yet none the less powerful for all that. Newcomers sometimes conclude, rather rapidly, that Norfolk is not a magical county, that all the witches are in the West Country and that real magic is that of the “Celtic” lands. Others look more closely, observe, pay attention and wait patiently for the land to give them some clues. Much is hidden and it takes time to find what we later realise has been in plain sight the whole time.

This is just a small selection of magical places to visit. There are plenty more to be found once you begin to explore the landscape. If you have any photos you would like to share or articles about other sites, then please contact us.

Sacred Waters


 St. Walstan’s Well, Bawburgh  ​St Helen’s Well

Sacred Stones


There are a number of interesting large stones around the county with historical and magical significance and I am grateful to Rod and Rue for taking me to visit them.

Ancient Historical Sites


There are a number of interesting large stones around the county with historical and magical significance and I am grateful to Rod and Rue for taking me to visit them.


The Coast


The mudflats and salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast have a wonderfully sacred feel to them, as they are truly liminal spaces between Earth and Sea and Air. Fire too must be acknowledged there when the sun shines in the wide sky and the Flame spirits dance across the water. There is a vast amount of magical energy at all seasons of the year and berries and leaves foraged here are often more delicious and more potent than those gathered from other spots. There are not individual, separate beaches to visit here, rather a wide sweep of coastline, where the energy of one place blends into another, although each has its own, special characteristics. Heacham, for example, has many cockle shells, along with some other precious beauties, while Old Hunstanton has its sand dunes, beach huts and rabbits. Titchwell beach is covered in razor shells and Holkham is a good place to pick Samphire. Further East, all the way from Sheringham to Cromer is excellent hunting ground for hag stones and elf bolts, while West Runton has its fascinating rock pools. There are places to “sit out” for hours on end, suitable ritual areas and perfect spots to make labyrinths in the sand and to walk them, meditatively, while flying a kite.



Bibliography

Clarke, W.C., 1925. In Breckland Wilds, rewritten and revised by R. Rainbird Clarke, 1937.

Davies, John, 2009. The Land of Boudica: Prehistoric and Roman Norfolk
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Davies, John, and Williamson, Tom (eds.) 1999. Land of the Iceni: The Iron Age in Northern East Anglia, Centre for East Anglian Studies.

Edwards, Derek, and Wade-Martins, Peter (Eds.), 1987. Norfolk from the Air, Norfolk Museums Service.

Matthews, John and Caitlín, 1985. The Western Way: A practical Guide to the Western Mystery Tradition, Arkana.

Pennick, Nigel, 2004. Secrets of East Anglian Magic, second edition, Capall Bann.

Snelling, Joan, 1971. St. Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk.

Wood, Chris, 2016. The Icknield Way: a heritage pilgrimage, available from www.norwichsphere.org.uk .

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