So as I mentioned in this week’s Living Arrows post, we visited Glastonbury over the weekend. I’ll leave the town itself for another time (I took a LOT of pictures – the place is so photogenic!), but I wanted to tell you about the walk we did.
The Tor is the main landmark in the area, the biggest hill for miles around, it can be seen from far and wide and is a welcome sight on the horizon when you attend Glastonbury Festival; there is no mistaking that prominent hill with St Michael’s tower sitting at the top. It’s a very special place and has a ton of history and myths attached to it – King Arthur is supposedly buried in the hill. Jesus is said to have visited. People flock here from far and wide to climb the tor and feel the magic for themselves.
Boy, do people flock here. It’s a very popular place to visit. I think unless it’s raining or you’re in the middle of winter, you’ll be sharing this space with quite a few other people. Weirdly for me, someone who craves the peace and solitude the countryside brings, it feels totally fine being surrounded by others. People have been gathering here for years and this is just another part of that story. The walk never felt overcrowded though and there were moments that it was just us.
There are two routes up Glastonbury Tor. One leads up from a path at the back of the Chalice Well, and another from the south of the Tor. Both start in Glastonbury Town though., which is where you need to park. There’s no parking at the base of the tor, apart from a couple of disabled spaces. Babywalks has a good guide, although we did the walk the other way around, starting from the south and ending up at the White Spring.
It’s a steep climb, but totally doable with preschoolers if you take it slowly. There are lots of benches along the way and plenty of opportunities to stop and look. There are farm animals aplenty and lots of different flora and fauna to see on the way. I think Arthur would have given the climb a good go too had it not been his naptime and had fallen asleep in Dave’s arms. He managed the descent pretty well though.
At the entrances to the hill, you’ll find trees full of ribbons and a standing stone too. Betsy loved the stone, spending a couple of minutes in silence and making a wish.
Once you get to the summit, you really do feel the magic. You get an interesting mix of people there too, while we were there there was a man doing a talk about the history of the Tor and a group of people meditating inside the tower. The views are magnificent.
That hill in the distance in the photo above is West Pennards, to the left of that is the Glastonbury festival site.
It gets really blowy at the top! Great for running around (although don’t get too close to the edge).
We spent a while up there, it’s a wonderful place to just sit with your thoughts. But hungry, we walked down the hill needing lunch and wanting to explore the town.