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Introduction vii 1. London 1 Westminster Abbey 2, Diana, Princess of Wales 5, Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine 9, Twickenham Stadium 10, Bevis Marks Synagogue 12, Highgate Cemetery 15, Central London Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre 17, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir 18 2. Southeastern England 21 Bradwell-on-Sea 21, Canterbury 23, The Long Man of Wilmington 27, Winchester 29, Stonehenge 34, Bhaktivedanta Manor 38, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery 40 3. Southwestern England 45 The Avebury complex 45, Bath Spa 49, The Cerne Abbas Giant 53, Glastonbury 55, Tintagel 61, Walking The Saints' Way 64, Marazion and St Michael's Mount 66, Land's End Peninsula 70 4. Central and Eastern England 75 Lincoln 75, Leicester's Hindu, Sikh and Jain temples 79, Uffington White Horse 83, Rollright Stones 86, Little Gidding 90, Ely 92, Walsingham 96 5. Northern England 105 Lindisfarne (Holy Island) 105, The Farne Islands - Inner Farne 110, Jarrow 113, Durham 119, Cumbria's stone circles 124, The medieval monasteries of North Yorkshire 128, York 136, Chester 141 6. Wales 147 Holywell 147, Anglesey (Ynys Mon) 151, Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) 154, St David's 157, Caldey Island 161, Llanthony Priory 164, Tintern Abbey 167 7. Scotland 171 Orkney Islands 171, Callanish and the Western Isles 177, Iona 181, St Mungo and Glasgow Cathedral 186, Whithorn 189, Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Centre 192, St Andrews 196, The border abbeys 200 Appendix 206 A guide to the sacred sites in this guide 206, Sacred tours 209 Index 211

About the Author

Martin Symington is a UK-based freelance travel journalist and author. His writing has won many awards, including the British Guild of Travel Writers' Travel Writer of the Year in 2005.

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'A fascinating take on travel in the British Isles from a guide book publisher sacred to all travellers.' Sandi Toksvig, author and TV and radio presenter So often when we visit the sacred sites of Britain we admire the architecture of a building, or the natural beauty of a site, but don't get beyond that. But there are occasions when we are moved by the sense of the transcendental that sacred places can inspire. That is far more likely to happen if we take this guide with us on our travels round Britain and read the stories that Martin tells so well, the stories which enable readers to understand how and why there are so many British sacred places. Sir Mark Tully, BBC Radio 4 presenter and former BBC foreign correspondent 'Martin Symington leads us - ever so quietly - to a selection of Britain's sacred places .... This is a wonderful, timely guide'. Nicholas Crane - BBC Countryfile Magazine 'Impeccably researched and beautifully written, this is an incredible journey across the length and breadth of the land and down through the mystical ages. A wonderful travel companion for anyone about to embark on their own pilgrimage through sacred Britain.' Glasgow Herald 'New book Sacred Britain sheds light on many of the intriguing places dotted around the British Isles.' Daily Express '....author Martin Symington also travels ancient pilgrims' routes to the Holy Isles and uncovers some of Britain's most intriguing sacred prehistory on Land's End Peninsula' Wanderlust 'This is a fascinating guide to places of pilgrimage - not only for people of all faiths, but also for fans of everything from royalty to the Red Devils of Manchester United.' Good Book Guide 'So often when we visit the sacred sites of Britain we admire the architecture of a building, or the natural beauty of a site, but don't get beyond that. But there are occasions when we are moved by the sense of the transcendental that sacred places can inspire. That is far more likely to happen if we take this guide with us on our travels round Britain and read the stories that Martin tells so well, the stories which enable readers to understand how and why there are so many British sacred places. Sir Mark Tully, BBC Radio 4 presenter and former BBC foreign correspondent. 'From enigmatic chalk images embellishing hillsides, to standing stones, hidden holy wells, remote churches, mouldering tombs - Sacred Britain visits them all with Martin Symington as an able guide.' Evergreen 'All described in an entertaining and light-hearted voice and with amusing comments about a few encounters along the way.' This England

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