Tuesday, 3 July 2018

I Do Believe in Fairies

St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen

After I finished university I suddenly became very aware that there were things in the South West that I wanted to do or visit that I just hadn't gotten round to, and so throughout June I took little breaks when I could to go and explore. One of the places high on my list was St Nectans Glen, a stunning natural area with a 60 foot waterfall cascading through a naturally occurring hole.

The crystal clear water is reputed to be healing, and watched over by the spirits of past guardians and friends of the Glen. It's considered by many to be a sacred place and is adorned with ribbons, inscriptions, crystals, offerings, and Faery Stacks piled everywhere you turn. Although it was fairly busy when I visited with many families enjoying paddling through the shallow water, there was a strange stillness and otherworldly quietness about the area. It was incredibly peaceful and inspiring.

St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen
St Nectens Glen
St Nectans Glen

Wishing trees isn't something I was familiar with before visiting St Nectans Glen and wondered why there were coins in every bit of the felled trees. I learnt that there's a centuries old tradition that states if you drive a coin into a tree, it will rid you of any illness and pass it on to the tree spirits. If anyone then removes the coin, they will get the illness. I might have to do it next time I see a felled tree and see if it helps my bipolar!

St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen

My favourite thing about Cornwall is how much legend and Paganism is steeped there. Although I live in the countryside and much of the landscape reminds me of my home in Lincolnshire, and even my previous homes in Kent and Surrey, there's a particular energy running through Cornwall that I feel so connected to. St Nectans Glen is so much more magical than can be conveyed in photographs, and I hope I have the opportunity to visit again someday.

2 comments:

  1. These photos are gorgeous. What a fascinating place.
    I've seen copper coins in trees on a couple of NT properties we've visited. Be careful though, the copper kills the tree eventually.

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    1. Thankfully I only saw them on trees that were fallen and well beyond dead already, I'd hate to think of people going around doing that to live ones!

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