Glastonbury Water Way

1 week, South West England

Glastonbury Water Way – Bath, Frome, Wells & Glastonbury – 55 miles – 6 days. This pilgrimage seeks to refresh our relationship with the wild waters of Britain – to honour and encounter the water that surrounds us within and without. This pilgrimage is from one of Britain’s most famous natural springs – the health-giving spa of Aquae Sulis (Bath), which today takes the form of a rooftop Spa overlooking Bath Abbey – sacred to the Celts, Romans, Georgians, and everyone in between.

You will travel via waterways like the Rivers Frome and Avon, the Mells Stream, wild swimming weirs, and other sacred springs and wells in the towns of Frome and Doulting and England’s smallest city, Wells, appropriately named after the enormous holy wells in the Bishop’s Palace Gardens, coming from an underground river which runs underneath Wells Cathedral itself, which can be seen from the Cloisters. However, the destination of Glastonbury gives perhaps the most elemental of water experiences in the crashing White Spring and its immersion pools right under Glastonbury Tor (make sure you arrive during the limited opening hours), and the more peaceful Chalice Well in the World Peace Garden.

By making this pilgrimage you will find your way of approaching these sacred water sources. You can engage with them in a host of ways, such as wild swimming in weirs, under Aqueducts, and in the confluence of rivers. But play safe, of course. You can ford ancient fords, seek lost holy wells, drink wild water from a variety of natural springs (can you taste the difference?).

You can drink wild water if you use a safe water filter, and perhaps fill a special bottle with this water which you can then share with every other water source along the way.

Highlights
Re-engages you with the life-giving element of water
Heals you in sacred springs
Potent, hearty landscape
Deep integration of Christian and Pagan holy places

The 2-day, 23-mile section from Frome to Bath is also known as the Aquae Sulis Way (click link for photos of that section, as they are not displayed below), and the 12-mile, 1-2 day section from Wells to Glastonbury can be walked in either direction.

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Instructions for using a GPX file to show you the route on your smartphone

 

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