A thousand year pedigree Willow Water can trace its roots back to the 12th century when it was discovered by Augustinian Monks. This underground body of water is the source of the famous Holy Well of Cartmel, which has been renowned in the North West of England for its restorative qualities from the 1700s up to the present day.
Willow Water’s mineral content is a unique blueprint that reflects the geology of the Cartmel area.
Just below the surface on Cartmel Fell lies a deep layer of peat formed from the remains of a prehistoric forest of white willow trees. This ancient woodland once covered the southern Lake District in a dense canopy.
As rain falls on Cartmel Fell the rainwater travels through this layer picking up valuable minerals on its journey. A substantial layer of limestone provides a natural filter and also endows Willow Water with its significant calcium content.
The Lake District was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in early July 2017. This means it is now part of a special family of iconic places and sits alongside the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China and the Barrier Reef.
The 885 square mile area was praised for the inspiration it has given to generations of writers and poets. William Wordsworth described the lakes as "the loveliest spot man hath found".