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A series of pools and magnificent cascades replicate the Via Dolorosa.
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A series of pools and magnificent cascades replicate the Via Dolorosa, where Christ's final steps were taken en route to his crucifixion. This stretches from the gently lapping pebbly shore – which creator Thomas H Mawson remarked was 'indeed a spot for meditation' – to Calvary pond at the top of the hill. The waters follow the path of the once unassuming 'Racers Burn', which the 3rd Marquess asked Mawson to transform in the late 19th century. The Marquess' vision mirrors his devotion to Catholicism, with the recreated Via Dolorosa becoming the heart of his spiritual pilgrimage.
A thirty-foot high crucifix and a small chapel detailed in the original designs were never realised, which Mawson would later come to regret, reckoning them to be amongst the finest plans he had ever worked upon. However since the garden's inception nature has once again taken hold, and each Easter the Calvary walk is resplendent with daffodils.
We recommend you wear appropriate sturdy footwear in this and other areas of our gardens and grounds.