Welcome back to the calendar challenge 2019, this month we venture into Somerset and to the town of Glastonbury, made famous in recent history for the music festival. We have missed that I’m afraid not sure its my thing but I’ve never been so i can’t make judgement on it.
On arriving we found it difficult to find a parking place due to a Pilgrimage so it was very busy, but we managed eventually to find a place next to the abbey £4.50 for 4 hours .
The abbey was founded in the 7th century and enlarged in the 10th. It was destroyed by a major fire in 1184, but subsequently rebuilt and by the 14th century was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. The abbey controlled large tracts of the surrounding land and was instrumental in major drainage projects on the Somerset Levels. The abbey was suppressed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII of England. The last abbot, Richard Whiting , was hanged, drawn and quartered as a traitor on Glastonbury Tor in 1539.
From at least the 12th century the Glastonbury area has been associated with the legend of King Arthur, a connection promoted by medieval monks who asserted that Glastonbury was Avalon. Christian legends have claimed that the abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea in the 1st century.
After a picnic on the vast lawn area and a impromptu fly past by a Lancaster bomber, the roar of the merlin engines a reminder of our brave forefathers that gave so much for our freedom, after lunch we walked in the direction of Glastonbury Tor.
Its a Steady climb up to the top , just follow the steps and you will be rewarded with amazing views over Somerset. I’m not sure about disable access, here is a link to the National Trust website “Glastonbury Tor” .
Glastonbury Town is a mix of shops from the standard high street to the more Spiritual, faith healing establishments it is an amazing place.
It was a great day out and the weather was perfect, enjoy the You Tube video and please Subscribe so you don’t miss any of the future Adventures.
Next month is another place i have never been to ” Portland Bill” in Dorset so we are looking forward to that just hope the British summer time last that long.