Thursday 20 July 2023

Pagan Eye: A Sacred Spring on a Sussex Beach

If you Google "Holywell Eastbourne", you'll probably find details of a nice beach at the end of the Sussex seaside town's Western Parade. There's an excellent a cafe, public toilets, some chalets and a path leading up the cliff to pleasant gardens. It's a nice place, but you won't find an actual well there. To see the holy well I've photographed above, you need to go further along the cliff top and then down a very narrow path and steep steps. It's one of the area's hidden gems.

Technically, it isn't a well. It's a freshwater spring that emerges from the side of the cliff and forms a beautiful pool on the beach. The site feels sacred and there's plenty of evidence people go there to remember lost loved ones. Painted stones have been left beside the pool with names and poignant messages. Leaving things at sacred sites is a controversial subject. Personally I don't leave anything except footprints and I don't take anything except photos and a tiny bit of water if permitted.  I've blogged in the past about what not to do at holy sites

However, it was good to see no one had left plastic tat. As I'm sure everyone who reads my blog is aware, people should always take all their own stuff home with them and if possible also try to clear up any other litter they see lying about.

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it. I'm not quite sure what I'll be including - it could be a seasonal image, a pagan site, an event, or just a pretty picture. If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself and you must confirm that you are submitting it for A Bad Witch's Blog.

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