Last Sunday, Elle and Myfanwy of the Tribe of Avalon conducted an Imbolc pilgrimage to honour the Goddess Bride in a walk from London's St Paul’s Cathedral to St Bride’s Church along part of the St Paul's Ley Line. I'd long wanted to do a ley line walk and visit St Bride's Church, so I went along.
Now, before any ley line purists leave comments on my blog saying "I think you'll find St Paul's and St Brides aren't actually on the same ley line" - yes, I know. But they are each on ley lines (The St Paul's Ley and the Temple Church/St Bride's Ley), which run very close at the point of St Bride's Church. And it is a pleasant, short walk taking in two wonderful sacred sites that are brimming with history, atmosphere and a sense of the sacred.
At St Bride's we gathered at the site of the holy well to say poems in honour of Bride. Although the well itself disappeared in the 19th century, it is thought to have been just outside the church in the courtyard from which I took the picture at the top of this page.
Inside the church we visited the crypt, which is full of historic artifacts dating back as far as Roman times. The crypt also has a small and peaceful underground chapel that is a perfect place to sit and meditate for a while.
If you are in London and looking for something to do to celebrate Imbolc, why not follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and walk from St Paul's to St Bride's? Visit the courtyard and then spend some time exploring the beautiful church and ancient crypt. Afterwards, I can thoroughly recommend the Punch Tavern, just around the corner, for food and drink.