Slimbridge Dowsing Group

Welcome to the Slimbridge Dowsing Group, one of the largest and most active Dowsing Groups in the country.


  • Labyrinths in Arlingham

    Dowsing a Labyrinth at St Augustine’s Farm, Arlingham

    Being open to the public, and particularly to school groups who like to visit the animals, the camera obscura, display of old farming equipment and especially the cafe, St Augustine’s has a wealth of interesting things to see during a day out. Walking a labyrinth would add to the experience.

  • Hartmann and Curry ley lines

    The Hartmann and Curry Lines - Steve Dawson*

    Our planet earth is surrounded by a highly complex grid of energy lines, rather like a hair net. Actually, it’s more accurate to say two grids, the Hartmann and Curry Lines. But that's not all...

  • Investigating Coaley Church

    There were only six of us on Saturday 22nd August, but learning how to read our local church was so interesting, we felt sorry for those members who missed out.

  • Stolen Images – Pagan Symbolism in Church Architecture - Peter Knight*

    Peter Knight needs no introduction to Slimbridge Dowsers. He has guided us around the Cerne Abbas Giant, Avebury and the West Kennet Long Barrow in the past. Today he came to tell us about his tenth book, Stolen Images – Pagan Symbolism in Church Architecture

* Denotes visiting speaker


Dowsing for Water -
The Complete Practical Guide
is Peter Golding's latest book. A book that will take you from enthusiastic amateur dowser to accomplished water diviner.
Experiences of an Old Dowser is Peter's memoir. In addition to his experiences, he shares many of the techniques he has learned and honed over 34 years. If you want to be inspired, encouraged and affirmed in your beliefs as a dowser, this is the book for you.
This Rabbit is Constipated! is a unique collection of reports of meetings held by Slimbridge Dowsing Group (SDG), one of the most active groups in the country.


Faye Hatcher interviews Slimbridge
Dowsing Group President Peter
Golding and Publicity Secretary
Trish Mills for BBC Radio
Gloucestershire (2008)


October to December 2015 Newsletter


Dowsing started for Peter in 1977 when he was in Saudi Arabia where he spent some 20 years of his working life. As Chief Engineer in charge of airfield navigational aids, he needed another run of cables from one of the huts to the Riyadh control tower.

Obviously he couldn’t have his men dig just anywhere, there were underground cables all over the place, but in those early days they weren’t marked! He was about to call out one of his technicians with cable detectors, when the JCB man said, “Do the old civil engineer's trick. Dowse for it!”

Peter had not heard of dowsing at that time, but the man found the existing cables and taught Peter to dowse. After several successes, Peter was hooked, and was delighted to find ARAMCO's library in Dhahran had plenty of books on the subject. “I discovered it wasn't just for water divining,” says Peter, “but archaeological dowsing and buried items too. I was amazed at its scope and I'm still learning after thirty-four years!”

He continues working still, not just finding suitable sites for boreholes for farmers, but more recently he has developed an interest in health and healing and geopathic stress. He has demonstrated his skills on various TV programmes and also offers distance spiritual healing – on one occasion as far away as Australia.

Slimbridge Dowsing Group was born when, in 2001, the Chairman of the Local History Society asked Peter if he could find the maze or labyrinth in nearby Troytown – the name Troy indicates a maze.

“I found it,” says Peter, “and gave a talk about it to the Society. They were so fascinated a few asked if I would show them how to dowse.” So he did, and our numbers have since grown significantly.

In closing, Peter would like to answer the question, “How does dowsing work?” but cheerfully admits we do not know. But he quotes Albert Einstein, who said,

“ . . . many scientists consider dowsing as a type of superstition [but this is] unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time.”

“Well,” says Peter with a twinkle, “watch this space.”

Dowsing Services

To discuss your requirements, obtain a provisional quotation for water divining or other dowsing services, contact Peter Golding
phone/fax (+44) 01453 890316
or visit his website