Alfred Watkins ‘Ley Lines’ Centenary Walk

Date: Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July, 11AM

Meeting point: Leominster town centre – Confirmed on ticket purchase

Tickets: £3 (adults). Under 16’s are FREE but booking essential. Sorry, no dogs.

In June 1921 Alfred Watkins, amateur archaeologist and ‘outrider’ for his Hereford family business, experienced a flash revelation. He paused to look at the view from high ground at Blackwardine near Leominster and saw what he thought were a network of pathways in alignment with natural features on the landscape. He later developed his Ley Lines theory in The Old Straight Track but scholars were sceptical. Though Watkins himself never attributed supernatural significance to leys – he held they were prehistoric travel routes – his work inspired New Age fringe theories and a cult following.

The walk: Join local historian Pete Blench on this scenic 7-mile circular route from Leominster via the banks of the River Lugg, Stoke Prior and Blackwardine. Bring refreshments for a ‘picnic pause.’ Tough footwear required. Moderate pace, some stiles, up to 5 hours. Maximum 25 people each walk. Ticket holders only so please book your place. We are running this walk twice in July, Friday 2nd or Saturday 3rd – we hope you can join us and hear all about this fascinating chapter in local history.

Book your tickets online by clicking below, or call into the Leominster Tourist Information Centre to purchase and collect.