Folklore and Magic of Southern England - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Folklore and Magic of Southern England

from $2,850 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Road Trip
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Trip Overview

Mythical castles and ancient witchcraft, ecological biomes and fairy-tale forests, sea tractors and flaming tar barrels—all this awaits you on our one-of-a-kind exploration of southern England's historic haunts and eccentric traditions.

On this carefully curated six-day adventure, we’ll leave London behind and head directly into the southwest countryside for a journey back in time. As we wind our way through the English counties of Devon and Cornwall, we’ll encounter ancient landscapes once home to King Arthur, incredible sites and historic artifacts, and charming villages accessible only by foot. We’ll be introduced at each stop to special guests and friendly locals by our guide, a Devonian himself, learning about the age-old myths and legends that make this region so unique.

  • Storied landscapes & local legends
  • Unusual sites and behind-the-scenes access
  • Whimsical local festivities


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Keith Lambeth
Keith is at his happiest in complex and remote terrain. His knowledge of Dartmoor has been described as encyclopedic, but his eclectic interests stretch far further afield. A born experimenter, Keith's wide spectrum of past experiences include time as a monastic, to champion worm-charmer; motorcycle messenger to mountain rescue team leader. A storyteller who delights in the obscure and occasionally the macabre. Keith draws on decades of mountain travel, living history reenactment, and a passion for aural tradition to interpret the landscape. He threads legends, archaeology, and landscape into a narrative that explains the way the land appears and is used to this very day.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $2,850. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $675. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 6 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be spending a good amount of time outside and in rural areas, walking up and down stairs, in the forest, and on dirt and cobblestone paths.

Arrival & Departure

For the start of the tour, on Day 1, we recommend meeting us in Exeter at 1 p.m. However, if you prefer, you can also join one of our guides at 10 a.m. at London's Paddington Station to take the train together. For flights in and out of London, Heathrow and Gatwick are the biggest airports. We recommend arriving at least one day early. For outbound flights, you should plan to depart anytime after 6 p.m. on Day 6, though we recommend later in the evening in case there is an unexpected delay.

  • Five nights of accommodation in boutique hotels and B&Bs.
  • Five breakfasts and three dinners; breakfasts will be hearty British fry-ups, so you might not need more than a snack for lunch.
  • Transportation throughout the trip in a private coach.
  • The company of two experienced guides throughout the trip, in addition to special guests all along the way.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, sites, and events.
  • Flights or other transportation to and from London, England.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Food and drink outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including all lunches, two dinners, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • If applicable, applying for a U.K. visa (not required for U.S. or E.U. citizens).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
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