I went to the Maughold well in Isle of Man which is regarded as a famous destination for pilgrims in British isles. I have been in Isle of Man for almost 2 years but did not realize there are some religious sites and a holy well in Maughold. Maughold is situated in Northern part of island where there are beautiful scenic beaches surrounded by mountains. It is 3 miles away from Ramsey ( one of major towns in Isle of Man )
I went to Maughold with a couch surfer named Alexy. Alexy has been travelling all over the world and as he was coming to Isle of Man for a few days, I decided to give him a tour around the island. I was searching website of isle of man called Visitisleofman and found out a short video regarding a holy well.
In 5th century, an Irish prince called Maughold arrived isle of man. He was mentioned as a leader who recruited a group of men to do unlawful things . He challenged St Patrick to cure a dead person. Later St Patrick made a dead person to become a live and also baptized Maughold and his crew. Later Maughold was accepted by isle of man people to become the bishop of the island for his effort in religious transformation.
Maughold well was formed by carving of streams of water collected from mountains to drain into the Irish sea. It is a bowl shaped hollow protected by slabs of stones around. It is not man made well although some amendments were done around to protect the original well . There are legends that some people cure their illness by drinking water from well or applying holy water on their body . A woman eye sight was restored by drinking Maughold water and another woman grew her hair back by applying the water on her scalp.
To go to Maughold well, you need to arrive St Maughold church which is 30 minutes drive from Douglas ( capital of Isle of Man ) . You need to take coastal road to Ramsey and on the way, turn to right side to drive towards Maugold village.
Once you arrive Maughold church which is dated back to 11th century, park the car outside.
Note: this photo is not mine as well and it was obviously taken by a photographer called Peter Killey. ( thanks to Peter in case if you read this post )
The trail to Maughold is on the north eastern part of the church. You just need to follow the trail or foot path. At one point you need to climb down steep . You don’t need to worry as the trail is covered by a thick grass and even if you fall, you will not get injured badly.
The pathway is surrounded by beautiful and blue bells and some wildflowers. And the view is not bad at all.
The well is just immediately above the sea . You do not need physical fitness to arrive there. One the way back will be a bit tiring to climb back. Overall it is less than 15 minutes walk from the church. Even if not for the holy well, the view is worth it. You just need to be careful and do not walk very close to the cliff as it is nearly 20 feet from the rocky ground .
Normally I am not very good with navigation. But I am glad that I went there with a traveler who likes exploring. The world is an open book and you need to turn the chapter everyday to find out more. As usual, I picked up energy whenever I can be with nature. I said a little bit of prayers at Maughold well and I felt like I am healed both physically and spiritually to some extent. I want to encourage anybody out there not to lose faith, especially on yourself.
In isle of Man, there are many Glens you can walk along the pebbled streams or rivers. In winter, trees in Glens are baren but loaded with lots of ferns and moss. In summer, wild flowers like Daffodils blossom and you can see more colors.
Today we came to Glen Maye which is situated in south of Peel. There used to be mining which was abolished after 1870.
The footpath is quite wet and slippery. Glen Maye is surrounded by Rushen river and the waterfall is bigger than any part of island.
I am amazed at how clear the water is. If it is not icy cold, I might jump in. My boyfriend said ” you cannot jump in national property and it is not allowed”. But I am sure I will do it one day in the summer.
Here are photos of Glen Maye
And I wana put a few photos of Dhoon Glen here as well between Laxey and Ramsey.
The place can give you serenity.
There is also a glen called Groudel glen which was quite famous for it’s natural charm as well as for sea lions and polar bears which were imported from America . The railway was constructed and open to the public in 1896. It was stated that 18 stones of fish was required to feed sea lions per week. Only two of them survived until after the first world war. Please see this link for further information.
I went there before the closing of electric railway and it was quite remote and not many people were there. I needed to catch the last train and didn’t have enough time to walk entire length of the glen. It was peaceful and romantic. I was alone that time and was amazed at the ferns and trees. The orange color autumn leaves were everywhere and the place really looked like a fairy place.
I will update this post quite frequently as I still have to visit many more glens, most probably in the summer.
I came to Malaysia to work in 2004. At first, I was working in a small, peaceful district hospital, then an astrologer from Burma told my mom ” Your daughter is going to move to a new place which is near the beach. And she is going to be happy”. ( It’s our culture that parents tend to ask astrologer about children’s future in Asia ).
I was skeptical , but hopeful at the same time. I never lived near the beach in Burma. Amazingly, I was transferred to a bigger city called Kuantan near South China sea. Kuantan has plenty of beaches, one is even in black color, some are even suitable for windsurfing and some are quite isolated and not well developed yet.
My favorite beach is 3 km from my house called Teluk Chempedak. It is quite commercialized now, but I prefer the small beach which is continuation of Teluk Chempedak because the beach is deserted and there is a forest .
The forest is preserved by private property owner and it is the homes for variety of species especially wild pigs, monkeys, wild cats and variety of birds. Here is the pictures of trees , some might be migrated from swamps, and some trees have flowers. When you enter the beach during the time of blossom, you can smell that particular smell which is quite fragrant.
There are a few facts about this beach
It can be quite deserted and sometimes you can be alone as most people in Kuantan do not know about that beach.
The length of the beach depends on the season and the tide. When there is no tide, the beach can be long as you can walk further , if the tide is high, you can’t walk much because of large boulders .
Some people believe there can be spirits as the beach is deserted and there are plenty of trees.
Whatever people say, this beach is the best place for me to hide away from the crowd and to be with nature. I can get lost there , simply sitting on the stone under the shade with a book. Sometimes it’s very breezy and sometimes it can be sunny depending on the weather. I like to lie on the beach and even fall asleep sometimes .
I have seen some Europeans bring their dogs who like swimming in the sea. Sometimes, children sit and make sand castles. Some kids like to pick up sand and throw at each other, giggling. Sometimes I can see a few loners like me who like to come with a book . I never try to talk to anybody there because I know only people who don’t want to interact go there.
A lot of stones are perfect to sit and even to lie down. When I lie down , I can see the clear blue sky. It’s a very nice feelings.Sometimes people do swings and bamboo chairs which last temporarily. Afterall, everybody goes back to lie on the stone because they are more long lasting than man made materials.
someone made the bamboo chair to sit under the shade, perfect !
Sometimes, I like to see fishermen catching fishes, crabs and clams. Some people just do it for fun.
Regarding crabs, they are wonderful creatures. They can really sense the vibration of the footsteps and before you catch them, they run away swiftly. I tried to catch a medium sized blue color crab in the sea and I could manage to grab it ,, but it tried to struggle and tickle my palm. I threw it away in alarm and he quickly escaped. The bigger crabs are cleverer and more elusive than younger ones. when I see the crabs, they remind me of my niece who is a toddler. She tends to walk side to side like crabs. They make me smile, thinking of my niece.
One time, I was strolling at the beach looking at the gorgeous kingfisher sitting on the stone with the background of the rainbow.
Suddenly I found a turtle near the water. He was not moving and when he sensed me, he quickly retreated his head. I bet he would be scurried away if he was a crab. But he is just a poor turtle who cannot even walk. May be I would never want to be a turtle if I become an animal in my next life. He seemed so vulnerable.
I picked him up and talked to him not to be scared. It was no use and just made him angrier, I guess. A lot of noise came out from his mouth. I never know somebody can piss off a turtle that much.
He looks quite old. I kind of scrutinized all his body parts and clear off small stones inside his shell. He has beautiful brown eyes, wide and tender. He did not cry but looked very unhappy. I touched his claws . They are tiny.Amazingly he did not attempt to bite me when I touched his lips.
For a few minutes, I played with the idea of keeping him as a pet. He would be perfect, not dirty like rabbits, not playful like dogs and has no fur which is good for asthmatic patient like me. But he would be stupidly standing there if I ask him to come or to talk. No interaction. More than that he would become bored with me sooner or later. For the first time, I realize the stress of the pet owner, which is total lack of bonding.
So I carried him towards the sea and put it back in water. .Alas! he turned back. I asked ” where are you going Mr Directionless?” and there is no answer as I expected. Not even an angry sound. Its like he did not give a damn. So I picked him up and put him back under the tree where he can eat small plants and also cannot be seen by kids.
I felt a bit sad when I said good bye to him. But definitely we are not meant for each other. But I still wish I can see him again.
One time, I saw two beautiful toucans. They were fighting with each other. One of them wanted to destroy another one nest ( such a villain ). I shouted to them and said ” Hey, stop destroying other people, oops ( my mistake ), other bird’s property”. He clearly did not listen to me.
There is a family of kingfisher and hawks. The male hawk is very big and it soars very high. Sometimes I lie on the beach and look at him, awed at his freedom and gigantic wings. The stray dogs who usually roam at the beach are particularly restless whenever migratory birds come although they do not mind when kingfishers leisurely rest near the water. Occasionally , I saw the pack of dogs chasing at the paddy bird.
The dead fish and shrimps at the beach are forever favorite food for birds and wild pigs. One time, I saw a wild pig leisurely gnawing at the dead fish. There was a family of picnic goer near the pig and he didn’t even bother to move away. The children were amazed at its bravery. This is the example of how we should live in harmony with each other.
The animals which I am afraid are monkeys. If there is not much food in the forest , they tend to steal food from us.
We went to the beach for a picnic and on the way back, a big monkey came out of jungle and chased us. She was worried for her small babies as if we were going to harm them. We ran towards sea and walked in the water. I threw some fruits towards them and whole family eagerly ate them. Then they still chased us and I had to leave picnic basket behind and got inside the car. They took my chips and the whole bag of bread without messing with other plastic boxes which are apparently empty. We were amused although they robbed us in daylight.
Other creatures which are quite annoying are ants and sand flies. Ants can smell the food as soon as we put down our picnic basket and we always need to move the place here and there. Sand flies are nasty, blood thirsty insects. They can suck your blood with ardor until your skin swells into a big bump and the itch will last for a few days. I avoid sitting on the wet log as logs are favorite dwelling place for sand flies.
sand fly bite on my arm
In the late morning, the water is warm and it is wonderful to sit down in the water and feel the serenity . Many times, I said ” Thank you for allowing me here” to the sea.
I usually come to the beach with children and it is the favorite place to find out the new types of flowers and sea animals.
One time, I came to the beach with a girl who comes from Singapore. She is around 9 and told me she is frustrated with a lot of homework. She requested me to drive her to beach. We sat at the beach side to side and simply listened to the sound of waves, rustles of leaves and the birds. The birds chips and the leaves fall slowly . We immersed in the pleasure which the nature generously offered us. I was amazed at the maturity of the girl who can sit silently and know how to enjoy herself at that young age ( what a privilege! ) After a few minutes there, we feel energized and come back home with optimism and happiness.
I owe to the beach for sparing me from shrinks. Thank you, thank you and thank you !
real live experience regarding travels, meeting strangers and daily life.