Llangollen, gateway to North Wales. Wild river, heritage railway, horse drawn barge rides on the canal, quaint craft shops. Casually, all the makings of a great tourist stop. But travel a couple of miles north up the A452 and you get to the Valle Crucis Abbey, the ruins of a Cistercian abbey. We took a day trip here, primarily because I always had the feeling these abbeys were built on positive vortices, i.e. the monks applied their dowsing, whether they knew it consciously or not.
Today, the road up the Horseshoe Pass is closed! But we ignore the signs and drive up there anyway. We arrive and discover that the Valle Crucis Abbey is set within a bustling camp site. It is the start of the summer holidays and although early, there are signs that all the campers are out for a good time (evidently they all ignored the signs too). We find our way to the abbey ruins through a small gate and the atmosphere changes. Suddenly there is a silence and you forget about all the holiday-makers. You do not need rods to realise there is some strong positive energy here.
We explore the ruins and realise some parts are remarkably well-preserved, especially the Chapter House, which is now home only to a family of swifts. We gravitate to the transept and I do some measurements with my dowsing rods. I ask where the start and finish of the positive vortex are. It takes up all of the transept, going a little further east into the high altar and is at least ten metres in diameter! I then ask for the energy value and the rods spin clockwise furiously. I ask for the energy value in tens. Again, spinning furiously. Hundreds and going up! Just like in the Cistercian abbey in Tintern, South Wales. We linger for a while, then depart to enjoy the delights of Llangollen, fresh and re-charged to have been in the presence of such a place.