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You'll strolled around the gardens and now the time has come for you to take the plunge! I would have added 'not literally' if it wasn't for the fact that you can indeed immerse your bits - or at least selected bits - in the mystical waters in addition to the obligatory tasting of the selfsame stream. It isn't compulsory of course but read on and I'm certain you'll be persuaded for the Chalice Gardens are much more than a horticultural hideaway.

In an area known as King Arthur's Courtyard you have a pool of water fed from the sacred spring which also happens to be the exact place at which two ley lines intersect (the Michael and Mary ley lines) meet there. Back in the 19th and 19th centuries you could submerge yourself within this pilgrims bath but nowadays a shallower profile means that a paddle and all-over splash seems to suffice for most visitors.

The supposed healing power of the waters comes from the belief that the well and spring are fed from the burial place of the Holy Grail - supposedly buried within the Tor - the red hue of the water being due to the drops of Christ's blood that were collected within the holy chalice. Apparently it was sacred to the druids and early Christians alike and enjoys the same broad popularity today. Better still there are three thorn trees descended from the original Holy Thorn around the garden nearby.

At the wellhead itself people light candles, toss coins into the ferny depths, say prayers and tie ribbons and other keepsakes to nearby trees as votive offerings. But if you want to taste the waters, read on...

Address: Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury

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  • Updated Feb 11, 2007
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