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Saturday 5th May 2018

In line with other dowsing groups in the south west, this year we are celebrating Holy Wells as well as the Mary Michael Earth Energy Lines. Shobrooke Holy Well has been chosen due to its proximity to Cadbury Castle and ease of access. The church warden Rosemary is very happy for us to dress the Well and is interested in finding our dowsing results for the source of the water.

Cadbury Castle is an Iron Age Hill Fort, with clearly visible defensive earth ramparts covered in bluebells, and great views! It may have been used by the Saxons as a ‘moot’ meeting place and was later occupied by parliamentarian troops during the Civil War for the siege of Bickleigh Castle in 1644. Local legend has it that a dragon guards treasure buried in the fort!

A third century Roman ritual shaft or Well was found during excavation, filled with stuff from a nearby Bronze Age Barrow, but its exact location has now been lost.

The Michael Earth Energy Line passes right across the site. The Mary and Michael Ley Line, around which the two energy lines twist like serpents, is in direct alignment with the rising sun at Beltane, at the beginning of May.

In connection with other dowsing groups across the southwest we plan to ‘energise’ the Michael Line through dance, singing and generally having a good time. We will be joined by members of the Dance of the Directions community who will dance connecting earth and sky, and the four directions of the compass.

We intend to dowse for Michael, the ritual shaft, maybe a Well, stories about people who lived there, the Bronze Age barrow and lots of other stuff! And maybe talk to the guardian dragon – if she wants to chat!

Proposed programme of activities

11.30am Meet at Shobrooke Holy Well for dowsing energies and the water source and Well dressing ceremony. Please bring flowers if you are called to do so.

12.30pm Meet at Cadbury Castle and dowse the Michael Line and mark out its width and measure its strength.

1pm to say 3pm                               Have a picnic

Perform the Dance of the Directions

Play of instruments (any musicians out there?)


Sing – especially the Mary & Michael Chant by Danu Fox  U-Tube

Link: Any earth singers amongst us?

After completion of ‘activities’ dowse for any changes to the Line.

Later in the afternoon                   Dowsing other features around Cadbury

Just enjoy this beautiful place and the bluebells!


Shobrooke is signed off the A3072 on the road from Crediton to Bickleigh/Tiverton just outside Crediton, and the Holy Well is located very near to the church (which is not in the village!).  Park by the church and walk up Church Lane opposite in the direction of the village. The Well is a few hundred metres away from the church set into the roadside bank.

Cadbury Castle is signed off the A3072 further along the road between Crediton and Bickleigh/Tiverton. It is signed off the main road on the right hand side. The path up to the castle is about 1/2 mile off the main road. Go past the church, and there is limited parking in a lay-by shortly after a bend in the road – where the signed footpath to the castle starts. It is about a 10 minute (gently climbing) walk up to the castle.  There is parking on the road by the church, which is only a short walk to the start of the path up to the castle.

Alan Murray

Devon Dowsers & The Dance of the Directions Community




‘DID JULIUS CAESAR CROSS MY LAWN?’ – A report by Nigel Twinn of Gwynn Paulett’s talk to Tamar Dowsers

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Did Julius Caesar Cross My Lawn?

A talk at North Hill Village Hall by Gwynn Paulett

There are many ways of getting your message across. Most of us choose our topic, and then build some sort of presentation around it.  But this is just one modern, businesslike approach – functional, logical and straightforward – safe, if a bit predictable.  Long before we administrators took centre stage, the oral tradition of our ancestors was another, more vibrant, method of telling a story.  In this case it was a clutch of connected stories – with threads of the dowser’s personal experience running through them.

One thread is that we all learn from stories, either through mistakes that have been made by others, or by trying something that is new to us. Another is in collecting the crumbs of validation, especially when dowsing the intangible.

Gwynn Paulett has dowsed for many years, but has only recently returned to his west country roots. Much of his previous practical work was undertaken in Kent, where he lived and worked, and also on the farm of a friend in North Dakota, USA.  Dowsers come in all shapes and guises – and this Harley-riding retired teacher is yet another memorable member of the great divining menagerie.

The title of the talk arose through the desire of one of his Kentish friends to find out if Roman Legionaries really had crossed his lawn, deep in the south eastern farmlands of our island, and just around the corner from the famous white cliffs. Caesar himself, a fellow writer, recorded that they had landed on the vast shingle beaches around what is now the seaside town of Deal, and marched from there, intending to confront the Britons, who were massed around modern-day Dover.

Gwynn’s dowsing indicated that they had in fact landed in two places – once opposite the Stag Inn at Walmer in 55BC, and then again near the Sea View fish and chip shop in 54BC. Proto-Italians with trademark good taste, clearly.

Following the first landing, they had trekked westwards and inland, with the aim of taking up positions on the High Weald and the South Downs. However, gales destroyed many of the Roman vessels, and they were forced to return to ‘Deal’ to sort that out.  In the process, half a cohort (precisely 240 men) did indeed march through the land of Gwynn’s friend – but no, the soon-to-be-Emperor didn’t actually cross the dowsing site himself.  But hey, it was a much better talk title than ‘Julius Caesar didn’t cross my lawn’!

Another of Gwynn’s south-eastern tales concerned the discovery of two ‘lost’ tunnels. One, between a castle and its nearby dower-house, was probably built as a potential escape route in the late 1600’s, and was still complete with an extant staircase at one end.  The other, Gwynn initially failed to find at the castle end, because he was looking for a tunnel, which had been partially back-filled for quite a few metres, and was therefore technically no longer a tunnel at all at that point.  Lesson – be specific with your questioning!

He also showed a remarkable image of the well at Lidwell, again in Kent. Here, although he successfully dowsed the location of the well, he was unable to see into it due to a total lack of light.  As something of an afterthought, he took a flash photo that, quite unexpectedly, revealed image of an elegantly constructed shaft of considerable depth.  Intriguingly, deep down on the sides of the well walling are several tiny protrusions, which look at first to be some kind of fern.  In the relentless blackness, this would be somewhat surprising – and when the image is magnified, they appear to resemble little figures.  After the talk, there was much discussion about whether they might actually be nature spirits of some kind – but would such ethereal entities really allow themselves to be caught on camera?

Gwynn’s work on his friend’s farm in North Dakota is also worth a mention. It started conventionally enough with a search for a water source for fields of beans and maize.  In time-honoured fashion, he duly found a suitable spot and marked it up.  Some time later, a local driller was brought in, who scoffed at the ideas of an English dowser – only to be proved quite wrong, after several failed attempts at sinking a borehole based on logic rather than intuition.  The source that Gwynn had originally indicated turned out to be suitable and reliable.

The dowsing activity there culminated in his friend finding three associated crop circles on his land. These were quite modest compared to the increasingly extravagant manifestations found in the UK and elsewhere, but definitive circles in long grass nonetheless.  After the usual chain of questioning, Gwynn was given to believe that these had been the marks left by an alien craft, which had come to visit us to ‘gain information’.  Even by the standards of North American stories of the extra-terrestrial, this was quite a remarkable piece of revelation by dowsing.

His final tale concerned the loss of one of his dowsing rods during an archaeological research session at Berry Castle near Torrington, which involved both Gwynn and myself. It wasn’t the first time that he had mislaid one of his tools but, as I was working with Christopher Strong at that time – and CS feels that lost objects are often indicators of hidden messages – I suggested that maybe there might well be a message for Gwynn to recover before the rod could be located.  As it turned out, the message was not to leave the county that coming weekend, even though he had already booked and paid to be elsewhere.  Being true to his dowsing, he duly stayed in Devon, and instead visited a close relative – for what turned out to be the final occasion.  A lost rod was a small price to pay for such a precious payback.  Lesson – always trust your dowsing answers, even if there is no logical reason to do so.

It was quite apparent that these were just a selected few cameos out of a considerable catalogue of interesting anecdotes and insights – and I am sure we will be hearing more from him in due course.

Many thanks to Gwynn for coming over from Dawlish to be with us – and we look forward to working with him, and with his colleagues, later in the year.

Nigel Twinn – Tamar Dowsers, February 2018


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 Sunday 8th July

Following Don’s talk to us last November we have now arranged to visit the area with him.

Meeting at the Stonehenge Inn, Durrington Walls at 9.30am where tea and coffee will be available to purchase, we will depart on our 6 mile circular walk of the Stonehenge Landscape at 10am. We should be back by 4-4.30pm.

The walk takes in Durrington Walls Henge, Woodhenge, the Cuckoo Stone, The Cursus, Kings Barrow Ridge and The Avenue towards Stonehenge. We will not be entering Stonehenge itself.*

Bring a packed lunch, drink, sturdy footwear and suitable clothing for the weather.


Payment required before the day – details to follow.      Limited numbers.

If you are interested in joining us please contact us via the Contact page on this website

or by phoning 01363 877352.



PARKING – please do not park in the pub car park. Parking can be found in the small car park near the pub or on the road outside.

CAMPSITES – info on local campsites to follow later. TOILETS – wild opportunities may be found on the route!


Our visit does not include entrance to the monument itself but there may be time after we return around 4.30pm. The monument is open 9.30am to 7pm from March to the end of May. June closing times haven’t been announced yet but likely to be later.

BOOKING TICKETS in advance is recommended and is cheaper than walk up prices. For example –

ADULT   –    In advance – £17.50.  Walk up – £19.50

CONCESSIONS –   In advance – £15.80.  Walk up – £17.60.

Members of the National Trust & English Heritage have free entrance and car parking.

Dowsing Earth Energies – Merrivale Sunday 3rd September

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The Merrivale complex is impressive with multiple stone and hut circles, rows, standing stones, cairns and cists dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Layers of later history can be seen nearby including tin mines, a warren and blowing house, as well as more modern pump house and quarry.

Dowsing, a form of ‘divining’, has been used for thousands of years for many different purposes including finding water, oil, archaeological remains, missing people as well energy lines and testing for allergies. Offered as part of Dartmoor Walking Festival, this day will be led by a long-time member of ‘Devon Dowsers’ and will specifically focus on finding earth energies using rods and pendulums. Together we’ll discover the beauty of the moor and explore the energy, age and use of these ancient sites.

Book via   or email or call 07817 329584

‘DARTMOOR’S DAUGHTER’ is a qualified Hill & Moorland Leader, and member of Moorland Guides. Private guiding also available for individuals, groups, teams, parties, etc

Somerset Dowsers /Peter Knight Outing 20.8.2017

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Somerset Dowsers Outing
 ‘Dartmoor’s Sacred Landscape’ with Peter Knight   Sunday 20th August 2017

Please email Jacquie at to let her know if you are intending on coming.She will let you have the itinerary for the day.

Devon Dowsers Admin Team


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Volunteers to help man the stand welcome.

Please get in touch via the Contact page on this website.

Venue: Pattiland Farm, Old Technology and Archaeology Festival, Broadwoodkelly, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8ED
Time – 11am to 5pm
Setting up time – 9.30am


From Exeter take the M5/A30 South Bound. Take the exit at Whiddon Down.
Follow the WINKLEIGH signs, and two miles south of Winkleigh take the BROADWOODKELLY turn at Shoresgate Cross.

Follow the lane SLOWLY for around 350 meters, turn left into Pattiland Farm.
Follow the driveway past the bungalow, bear around to the right and arrive in the yard of Pattiland Farm and you will be directed where to park.

From A377 at Morchard Road.
Take the A3124 Winkleigh road almost opposite the Devonshire Dumpling pub.
As you approach Winkleigh turn left to Broadwoodkelly. Continue down the lane until you reach Shoresgate Cross then turn right towards Broadwoodkelly and follow the directions above.

See: for information of what’s on.

The Admin Team



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Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July 2017 (main day)

Free to DD members. Guests and members of other Dowsing groups – £3.

We have been given permission to dowse in Glastonbury Abbey on Sunday 16th July at 10am. The discounted group entrance fee is £5.90.

All fees are payable on the day. Please have the correct money.

On this trip we propose to explore the earth energies of the Mary and Michael Lines as they weave their way around Glastonbury.

In order to do this we are also visiting the Chalice Well gardens (entrance fee £4.30 adult, £3.50 conc.), the White Spring, Glastonbury Tor and Wearyall Hill.

Make your own way there or car share.

As there is so much to see in one day some of us are going on the Saturday and staying over. There are campsites nearby, plenty of B&B’s, and even an ashram!

If you would like to join us please get in touch via the Contact page on this website.

The Admin Team


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24th JUNE 2017 from 11.00am – 4.00pm – £7.50 per person

Berry Castle Iron Age settlement at Huntshaw in North Devon is to be the first “Discover Dowsing in Devon” Workshop, which is open to all and an opportunity to learn how to dowse a settlement such as Berry Castle. Experienced members of Devon Dowsers will enable you to dowse using L rods and pendulums.

You will search for the hearths, walls, and entrances of round houses; where the forge, workshop and charcoal store was; the water sources in Iron Age days; where the leaders lived, and the nature of the ceremonial site, which will include dowsing for the earth energy lines, spirals and water courses.

Berry Castle has its own unique energy and spirit of place. If you wish to join us for what will be a special learning opportunity then book your place by emailing Diana Burton It will be on a “first come first served” basis.

A nominal charge of £7.50 p will be payable in cash on the day. Either bring your own L rods and pendulum or we can loan or sell you some on the day. Please bring your own lunch and water to drink.

Sturdy walking boots are a must, as the site is covered in tree stumps and some brambles.  Please check the weather and dress accordingly.

Gwynn Paulett – Chairman Devon Dowsers

International Dowsing Day 7th May 2017 – Visit To Cadbury Castle

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Devon Dowsers (last minute) visit to Cadbury Castle (the Devon one near Bickleigh!)

Nine of us turned up for this hastily arranged gathering, primarily to see how we could affect the Michael Line which runs right through the Iron Age fort in accord with Trencom Dowsers who were gathering down at Carn Les Boel in Cornwall and other groups for both the Michael and Mary Lines.

From Devon Dowsers we had: Gwynn, Diana, Joan, Michael, Soozie and Alan.

We had invited ‘dancers’ from the Dance Awake community so we could employ the potentially good and connecting energy of the Dance of the Directions. This dance emanates from the Cherokee of North America and basically is a dance that connects the dancer’s heart with the earth, sun and moon, and promotes peace and goodwill. Andrew Broadhead and Tracey attended from this community.

The ninth attendee was Richard Dealler, who is responsible for the Mary Michael Pilgrim’s Way guide books and pilgrimages, walks based appropriately on Hamish Miller’s findings of the two lines in The Sun and the Serpent!

We first plotted the centre line of Michael (with flags) which runs roughly WNW to ESE across the middle of the enclosure. We then plotted the two outside edges of the line at six different points roughly 10 metres apart.

We all sang the introduction to the Dance and then Tracey, Soozie and Alan did 9 rounds of the dance in the middle of the plotted part of the line whilst Andrew drummed the ‘heart beat’.

We then dowsed where the edges of the line had moved to, and found that the width of Michael measured at 6 points roughly 10 metres apart averaged 4.74 metres before we ‘performed’ and averaged 8.65 metres after the dance. This meant the line almost doubled in width on average.

What we didn’t have time to do was to measure the contraction rate of the line back to its original position – assuming it must contract again? Or whether it actually continued to expand for a while?

We also tried to measure the strength of the line before and after. None of us had any measuring scale so we just asked for a percentage which we thought would at least give us relative values. When dowsing we used the scale of 0% for zero energy and 100% for maximum energy. We found that the outside edges of the line were stronger than the centre at about 88%. This had increased tenfold after the dance! We are not sure what these strength findings mean, apart from there was a very large increase. And not sure how the percentage can go so far over the ‘maximum’? Our measurements are available if anyone wants to see them!

Other dowsing going on in this visit was Soozie communicating with the guardian dragon of the site, which various people claimed to have seen! Our very own Serpent? The dragon appeared to enjoy Soozie drumming the boundary of the fort, and the Dance of the Directions!

And Gwynn dowsed the location of a Roman offerings shaft/well from which archaeologists have extracted lots of offering items but apparently failed to log its exact position on the site! Maybe this is the mythical treasure that the dragon reputedly guards?

We will have to ask next year when we plan to return for IDD!

Alan Murray – 8 May 2017

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Welcome to the South West's first Dowsing Festival!

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June 2018 

South Zeal, Devon.


A fantastic weekend open to all, with discounted prices for BSD Affiliated Group Members and BSD Members.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Numbers are limited, so book early to ensure your place. Full price for the Weekend Programme only £50 (not including food or accommodation).

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