Lawrence's Spring

  • Looking back down the valley, out to Wadi Rum - © William Mackesy
  • Lawrence's Spring - © From Flickr user Amanderson2
  • Lawrence's Spring - © From Flickr user Kudomomo
  • Nabatean Inscriptions - © From Flickr user SixesandSevens
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • From the Spring - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: Lawrence's Spring

  • A delightful little pool in a cool corner of a canyon tucked into the vast walls of Jebel Rum, made famous by an eulogy from TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
  • Outstanding desert mountain scenery: justly famous combination of vast multi-coloured towers and cliffs looming over red sandy desert.
  • A protected area with a surprisingly rich array of animal and plant life.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating84
  • Beauty28
  • Natural interest14
  • Human interest12
  • Charisma30
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating84

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 1+ hr round trip
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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From the Spring - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

Wadi Rum is famous, internationally, for its extraordinary scenery and for being the central setting of T.E. Lawrences account of his involvement with the Arab Rebellion of 1919, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which in turn became David Leans classic film Lawrence of Arabia, parts of which were filmed on location here.

 

Lawrences Spring is in Wadi Shelaali, a short canyon of broken boulders curling into the vast Jebel Rum, Wadi Rums western wall, near Rum village. It is mentioned twice (ecstatically) in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and a broken-down watercourse shows that it was the probable reason for the Nabatean site and temple nearby.

 

All along Jebel Rum are small clumps of vegetation marking the seepage of water at the junction, a few hundred feet up, of differing rock layers. Lawrences Spring is for most of the year more a puddle in a refreshingly dank, cool and green corner of this broiling landscape, than a Platonic ideal of a spring. But you can see why Lawrence thought it a paradise. Above the spring is a horseshoe of low cliffs, apparently scramble-able and giving access to an upper canyon that peters out at the base of the real Jebel Rum wall.

 

From the resthouse and campsite near Rum village, head south-west toward Jebel Rum and the white water tank at the entrance to the valley. The path is clear, zig-zagging up to a little plateau and then following the line of the valley, below the cliffs, passing first of all the springs of Abu Shleilieh and then arriving, at the end of the valley, at Lawrences Spring. On the way, enjoy a good introductory taster of the drama of Wadi Rums unique landscape of shifting red sand surrounding vast massifs and towers, some of which stand approaching 1,000 metres above the desert floor, all striped with an extraordinary variety of colours, all presiding over cliffs, wadis, sand dunes and springs.

 

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COMMUNITY COMMENTS AND PHOTOS

Name: Wadi Rum expert
Posted on: 13/02/2013
This is a very nice and easy walk, to recommend specially in the end of afternoon, to enjoy the shade of the Rum mountain. It is the shelalah spring, and not the Lawrence spring. Even if there are a lot of springs in the valley, the nowadays called larence spring is located further in the valley and is a more touristic places, with bedouins still grazing herds of goats and camels. Walkopedia says: thank you! 

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Lawrence's Spring - © From Flickr user Kudomomo

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