I’ll write the following as if ley lines exist, while being open-minded about them myself. Until recently I had not heard of the Michael and Mary ley line. You may believe ley lines exist or not, but some people do believe that the ancients were sensitive to subtle earth currents and built their circles, mounds and and other monuments at places where these currents converged. Many of their sacred sites were connected to the movement of the sun, moon and stars so important for their rituals and beliefs. Alfred Watkins founded the ley line theory that alignments of the old sites had been planned in straight lines, in his book “The Old Straight Track” dated 1925.

The Michael line showing Avebury at the centre

The important Michael and Mary line stretches across southern England for 350 miles or so from the westernmost point in Cornwall to the easternmost on the Norfolk coast. The path of the rising midsummer sun, passing through St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall and St Michael’s Church, on Glastonbury Tor. The Michael or male line is straight while the female Mary line wiggles and intertwines with it along its length. Every place where the two lines meet and cross is significant. Avebury sits on the halfway point and is a place of great interest to the believers in ley line energy.

Our holiday guests last week believed in ley lines, they had come from the Netherlands to visit Avebury in particular, having visited other sites on the line in Devon and Cornwall. They pointed out that if the Michael and Mary line were continued beyond the Norfolk coast across the North Sea it would brush the tip of the Netherlands at a place called Groningen. I was intrigued and my attention was drawn to the Michael and Mary ley line.

I did some research and was surprised to find that you can book conducted tours of the Michael and Mary line, starting in Cornwall but only go as far as Avebury, at present. Other websites recommend visiting any places you are drawn to either side of the line. This is what our recent guests did when they noticed that our local church was dedicated to All Saints with St Mary. Inside they found St Michael depicted (right) on the church window that honours the fallen in the two world wars. The discovery was significant to them, especially that Michael was to Mary’s right (if Mary is above the altar), as he should be they said.


  • Ley Lines of Wessex by Roger Crisp (Wessex Books)
  • Avebury by Evelyn Francis (Wooden Books)

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