Cornwall’s Forgotten Cave Believed to Have Healing Powers


Cornwall’s St Cuthbert’s Cave used to be a widely-known natural wonder, but now, only a few people know its secret healing powers.

St Cuthbert’s Cave has been described as amongst the British Isles’ most remarkable sites. However, today, not many know the hidden wonder of this sea cave in Cornwall.

Also known as Holywell Cave, St Cuthbert’s Cave is located on the northern part of Cornwall in the southwest of Kelsey Head. It is a beautiful multi-coloured grotto with a natural spring.

Over the years, thousands come to this place, from cripples to mothers with sick children to pilgrims. People come to this natural grotto to drink from the holy well, which is believed to have powerful healing properties.

The healing properties of the sacred spring are thought to have come from its rich mineral deposits, which are apparent from the vivid red, yellow, green, and blue colours of the cave.

The water of the spring, described by many with the taste of cereal milk, runs down through a series of descending calcareous basins and creates small shallow pools of naturally filtered water before flowing out of the cave onto the beach.

As the tide rises and fills the cavern with water, the spring in the Holywell Cave is washed out not only once but twice a day, every day.

Since the cave is flooded with water completely, visitors are advised to visit only at low tide and to know the incoming sea. It is also preferable to visit the cave in groups and to bring a torch to be able to fully witness the beauty of the colourful cave in the darkness.

Compared to its heyday of healing, St Cuthbert’s Cave has fewer visitors these days. However, many still believe in its wonders. In fact, it is promoted by Visit Cornwall and is listed as a Scheduled Monument in 2001 by Historic England.


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