With its collection of mysterious stone circles, awe-inspiring caves, enchanting forests, misty moors, craggy coast lines and ancient churches, England is a land rich in inspiring landscapes and folklore tales. Find out about some of England’s most mystical and magical locations below.
The North Yorkshire Moors
Not only are the North Yorkshire Moors famous for beautiful rolling landscapes of purple heather, this area is well-known for having a fascinating history, rich in ancient stories and myths and legends. Local legends tell tales of ‘boggles’, creatures that live in caves and coves along the coast and around moorland areas. One of northern England’s biggest collections of centuries-old trees can be found in the North Yorkshire Moors, some of which are thought to be around 1000 years old, this is perhaps a more credible feature of the Moors!
Dating back to 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is considered as the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. Located in Wiltshire in the southwest of England, Stonehenge consists of a ring of standing stones thought to be built during the late Neolithic period of around 2500 BC. No one really knows exactly why Stonehenge was built which makes it such a mysterious and mystical place, but most historians believe that people probably gathered here for religious ceremonies. Stonehenge was added to UNESCO’S list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 and is open to the public for visits.
Most people will know Glastonbury as the UK’s most iconic music festival, but there is so much more to Glastonbury than people realise. Many tales surround the town of Glastonbury in Somerset and revolve around King Arthur in particular. In the late 12th century, monks of Glastonbury Abbey claimed that they found the grave of King Arthur and his queen, Guinevere. It’s thought that the monks found the bones of a large man and smaller woman and reburied them in the grounds of the abbey where the site of the grave can still be seen today. Other stories suggest that the Holy Grail, the object of Arthur’s questing, is buried beneath Glastonbury Tor.
Cheddar Gorge and Caves
Comprising of inland limestone cliffs that rise up to 450ft, Cheddar Gorge is one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks located in the village of Cheddar in Somerset. The gorge was formed over the last 1.2 million years by floods caused by melting ice during the ice ages. Below the cliffs are caves where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, was found in 1903, estimated to be 9,000 years old! Historians believe that Cheddar Gorge was once a hunting ground for Stone-Age cavemen.
What was once used as a guard to the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire is now a historical treasure and Britain’s largest World Heritage Site. Hadrian’s Wall, also known as the Roman Wall, was built in AD122, stretching for almost 80 miles in length, from the North Sea to the Irish Sea. The wall remains standing in many areas, as well as the remains of the forts, towers, turrets and towns that once kept watch over the wall. Many people like to walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path, a long-distance footpath in the north of England which runs for 84 miles – an excellent way to discover this mysterious site.
Experience the magical side of England through our Mystical England package. Arriving in Manchester this self-drive package will take you from the potteries (Stoke-on-Trent), Stratford upon Avon onto the London area. A 7-day GB Heritage sightseeing pass is included and will depart from the London area. You can contact us directly to speak to one of our travel experts and find out more.