Glastonbury is famous for its Abbey, its Tor and its music festival (although this isn’t really held in Glastonbury, but in the nearby village of Pilton). Its Abbey was once one of the wealthiest in England and a place of pilgrimage. The ruins of the Abbey are still impressive, in spite of the best efforts of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell. Glastonbury  is notable for myths and legends often related to Glastonbury Tor, concerning Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur. Joseph is said to have arrived in Glastonbury and stuck his staff into the ground, when it flowered miraculously into the Glastonbury Thorn. The original tree has been propagated a number of times through history, and its alleged descendants are still to be found in a couple of places locally, including the grounds of the Abbey.

Whether you believe in the Arthurian legends or not, the views from the Tor certainly justify the climb up.

Distance 34 miles


From The Old Rectory (A) to Glastonbury (B)

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