I was tempted to title this as Glastonbury abbey, and not simply Glastonbury, because we ended up spending most of our time at the abbey.
We’d come through Glastonbury a year or so before, returning from a North Devon holiday. I could remember the tor with the tower on the top and decided to come back for a proper look the next time I was in the area.
Traveling towards the town, the amazing site of the tor with its tower can’t fail to impress. I suggested we head there first. As it turns out you are directed to the town to park and then ‘ride’ to it, before walking up a fairly steep gradient to reach the top. At this point my wife points out she didn’t wear appropriate footwear to do that, so as we’d parked right next to the ruined abbey, that’s where we headed instead!
I must admit there is something rather compelling to me about these amazing buildings that were partially destroyed and then somehow preserved in that state. The site was founded as far back as the 7th century, the current ruins dating from the 12th century. Legend has it that King Arthur was buried here.
It was the first properly sunny day for us, so we made the most of being outside, we popped into the town with its mixture of ‘regular’ shops and those catering for magic and witchcraft as you might expect for this area. We grabbed something to eat and took it with us to sit by the pond back in the grounds of the abbey.
It was a truly pleasant spot with the abbey behind and the tor in the distance and the pond, teaming with fish.
We also noticed on our way to Glastonbury, signs for East Somerset steam railway, the Naval aviation museum and Haynes motor museum, plenty to do in this area, we didn’t have long enough really to go and see everything we could have…maybe a reason to come back sometime?