A guidebook to 20 unique historical walking routes in Wales. Laurence Main's knowledge of Welsh lore and legend is the basis for these 20 walks, following spirit paths (or ley lines). Standing stones and holy sites abound; Welsh literature and history spring from every page. Spirit paths, leys or ley lines are new concepts to many people who have come to enjoy walking in the countryside. They form part of our ancestral memory as children of Mother Earth which makes so many town-dwellers yearn for the simple freedom of rambling along ancient paths. This vital contact with the living landscape is a spiritual exercise. What is meant by a ley, or spirit path, is very much open to individual interpretation. Significantly, it is a straight path or track that is identified in one's subconscious and is consequently traced by a process of dowsing and connecting sight lines. The paths often synchronise with standing stones, holy wells and other sacred sites, suggesting a divine or mystical significance.
Laurence Main is both a walker and a druid. An Oxford University graduate and former teacher, he has been a freelance writer of walking guides since 1987 and has over 50 titles to his name. A regular contributor to Country Walking magazine, One Wales magazine, The Cambrian News and the Society of Ley Hunters' Newsletter, Laurence serves on the Council of British Druid Orders, the Committee of the Society of Ley Hunters (organising Moots and field trips), The Vegan Society Council and the Committee of the Meirionnydd Group of the Ramblers' Association. He leads people on Vision Quests, recording their dreams at sacred sites and has dreamt over 1000 nights on Carn Ingli, also on Cadair Idris.