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Showing on BBC Four at 8.30pm on Thursdays from 7 March 'Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain's Holiest Places' is a six-part series following the footsteps of our holy ancestors across some of the most beautiful and moving parts of Britain.

The BBC website about the programme can be found here.

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Ifor was game for the experience and I have long been ready to take the plunge, having written a book on skinny dipping 10 years ago, until we spotted a National Trust sign warning that the pool should not be disturbed because it was piped directly to domestic water supplies – so twenty-first century health and safety rules prevented our planned re-enactment of ancient ritual. ”“Notwithstanding the sacred nature of the sites revisited for the television series, the locations are amongst the most evocative and tranquil parts of Britain, many lovingly cared for today by English Heritage and the National Trust,” says Nick.“These are places where natural beauty and lingering traces of ancient devotions combine.

The programme's quest to unearth Britain's hidden holy treasures was featured on the front page of the BBC News website on 12 March 2013.

The TV series has attracted positive reviews and the first episode attracted double the channel's usual audience figures.

We also visit sites touched by even older pagan rituals and design and visit a Celtic hermit’s remote island that is now a thriving Buddhist retreat.“So much is written across our beautiful landscape, so many stories and beliefs that embrace creation and the chaos of human existence in all their glory.

No-one climbs a mountain or rows to an island to pray today, but we show some extraordinary places where our ancestors did just that.

Ifor was game for the experience and I have long been ready to take the plunge, having written a book on skinny dipping 10 years ago, until we spotted a National Trust sign warning that the pool should not be disturbed because it was piped directly to domestic water supplies – so twenty-first century health and safety rules prevented our planned re-enactment of ancient ritual. ”“Notwithstanding the sacred nature of the sites revisited for the television series, the locations are amongst the most evocative and tranquil parts of Britain, many lovingly cared for today by English Heritage and the National Trust,” says Nick.“These are places where natural beauty and lingering traces of ancient devotions combine.

The programme's quest to unearth Britain's hidden holy treasures was featured on the front page of the BBC News website on 12 March 2013.

The TV series has attracted positive reviews and the first episode attracted double the channel's usual audience figures.

We also visit sites touched by even older pagan rituals and design and visit a Celtic hermit’s remote island that is now a thriving Buddhist retreat.“So much is written across our beautiful landscape, so many stories and beliefs that embrace creation and the chaos of human existence in all their glory.

No-one climbs a mountain or rows to an island to pray today, but we show some extraordinary places where our ancestors did just that.

Due to be broadcast on the evening of Maundy Thursday, the programme makes some eye-catching comments about the ongoing importance of saints and their shrines.