The Challice Well Garden in Glastonbury

Surrounding one of the best known holy wells in Britain is the Challice Well garden, a tranquil place to soothe the soul.

Not often seen.
Not often seen.

On Good Friday my friend and I spent a peaceful couple of hours wandering there. Spring path

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
The Lion’s head

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.

The path to the meadow
The path to the meadow
The Holy Thorn
The Holy Thorn
Thorn buds
Thorn buds

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.
(source Wikipaedia)

The Vesica Pool

The Vesica Pool

The Vesica pool is shaped as a figure of eight, its seven bowls swirling down like a mountain stream.

A view up through the garden
A view up through the garden

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.

32 thoughts on “The Challice Well Garden in Glastonbury

  1. What a beautiful post, Gilly! You surprised me by getting it together so quickly. What a sad-looking young man, though 😦 Many thanks for the link and all your lovely photos. 🙂

  2. An enchanting and most enjoyable post. Gilly. I love the angel seat, and what a lovely photo of you on the swing. 🙂 This looks like such a tranquil and meaningful place to spend a couple of hours on Good Friday. I enjoyed reading about the legends associated with this beautiful garden.

  3. Seems my comment is either in Spam or I’ve lost it. No sure.
    This is a tranquil, magical and inviting place. I’m quite taken by it. All the pictures are lovely even the ones where spring hasn’t arrived in full force. 🙂

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