Surrounding one of the best known holy wells in Britain is the Challice Well garden, a tranquil place to soothe the soul.
As far as plants are concerned I think I preferred my last visit which was in summer, but there was still plenty to see.
The garden is set on a gentle slope with Glastonbury Tor rising above, and as you walk upwards you eventually reach the well head. The waters have been know in the past as the Red Spring and the Blood Spring and legend tells that it represents the blood of Christ, springing from the ground when Joseph of Arimathea washed the cup used at the last supper. Others see the continuous spring of the life force.
The Lion’s Head fountain is the only place where the water is safe to drink. Even so, just a few drops are recommended for healing, with the homeopathic approach. Even though I’ve tried it before, I still had a sip and it tastes very strongly of iron.
There are lots of little niches, some with seats, to quietly meditate.
I hope this young man found peace.
Legend says tha Joseph of Arimathea visited Glastonbury with the Holy Grail and thrust his staff into Wearyall Hill, which then grew into the original thorn tree. The thorn is unusual because it flowers twice a year, at Christmas and again at Easter. Each year a sprig is sent to the Queen.
The Vesica Pool
The Vesica pool is shaped as a figure of eight, its seven bowls swirling down like a mountain stream.
Some bold colour outside of the shop.
The garden is protected and maintained by the Challice Well Trust, set up by Wellesley Tudor-Pole is 1959 and is open daily throughout the year, should you wish to visit, it is 20 minutes walk from the centre of Glastonbury.
My post is for Jo’s Monday Walk, if you click the link you will be able to join in and find lots of interesting walks.