60 St. Marys Rd, Meare, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9SR, United Kingdom
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George & Pilgrim
Tor from afar
The memsahib tucks in!
Camping in Glastonbury?
My girlfriend and I are coming to Glastonbury in about a week's time. We're backpacking, on foot, near the end of our trip (and money), and are wondering if anyone knows of a good, cheap campground, close to the tor and anything else we need to see.
We're really looking forward to Glastonbury. It looks peaceful and beautiful, and I'm very keen on the Arthurian legends, so it's a natural match. We'll only be there a few days, but any suggestions are welcome!
Ken & Tracy
RE: Camping in Glastonbury?
visit the chalice well, that's what i am doing :)
RE: RE: Camping in Glastonbury?
Heh heh. I wrote that message early last year, but thanks for trying! I visited the chalice well when we went, by the way, and I can also wholeheartedly recommend Glastonbury Tor and the Glastonbury Abbey (where Arthur & Guinevere are buried). They are all fantastic places!
Travel Tips for Glastonbury
View on City of Wells, taken from Glastonbury Tor
The athmosphere of the town has something mysterious, because of the spiritual look and feel of many shops, inns bars and so on. Then a ruin of an old abbey in the middel of the towncentre and on to of that a very mysterious tower high above the town on a very steep hill.
Sound of Music
The ruins of the abbey are worth visiting and once a year the abbey is closed and a concert of classical music and fireworks occurs however, it is difficult to obtain tickets and you have to bring you own seats and food.
I-Spy Glastonbury style
In my childhood days, when colour television was a dream and The Beatles were all getting along swimmingly, there were little booklets for children called 'I-Spy'. Themed in subjects like birds, transport, flowers, your mission was to accrue points by spotting and ticking off as many of the featured lists as possible. Fanatics could join the I-Spy Club - very popular in it's day - which was presided over by the unimaginatively named Big Chief I-Spy. About whom we have this internet snippet from his second in command.
"My boss was X, a frightfully camp antiques trader with a shop in Camden Passage and a love of boys, pork chops, Italian food and the theatre. He smoked and coughed continuously, and would regularly drop inches of cigarette ash onto any papers I had on my desk. Overgenerous, kindhearted, intolerant, X was constantly, eyebrow-archingly astonished by me, the company for which we worked, everyone we came into contact with. His favourite (repeatable) expletive was "Chaaarming"... He was converting a chapel...into a home. It had but a single grave in its garden. It amused him tremendously that this was of the chapel's founder."
Needless to say, points earned depended upon the ease which which something could be 'spotted'. Thus in the transport book, a Rolls Royce was bound to earn you more points than a Ford Anglia. With this in mind I should like to offer up a version just for Glastonbury...
Man or woman with straggly hair - 1 point
Barefoot man or woman (quite brave on UK streets) - 10 points
Pixie/wizard/mad hat - 10 points
Man or woman with crystal - 2 points
Man or woman with piercing (visible) - 1 point
Man or woman with piercing (hidden, but uncovered after a struggle) - 25 points
Individual bearing staff (roughly hewn) - 5 points
Individual bearing staff (varnished and with nice crooked twirly sections) - 10 points
Individual bearing staff (topped with natural crystal or disconcerting skull) - 20 points
Sir Ian McKellen bearing staff - 100 points
...you get the idea. Keen eyes and a decent camera should you be fearful of any 'spot' being challenged and subsequently declared invalid.
The Sir Ian McKellen is oft claimed but seldom substantiated.
Glastonbury Tower - a towering achievement
Congratulations! You have made it up the Tor and your reward lies just ahead. Well, two rewards really. The first is the tower at the very summit, which you certainly couldn't clamber up when I last made it to the top. Nevertheless it is a majestic monument to lean against whilste taking a breather and it enables you to enjoy your second reward at your leisure ie the stunning 360 degree views of the landscape surrounding Glastonbury.
One further thing worth mentioning is the extra sport available to the ghost hunters amongst us. A number of spirits are said to traverse the Tor - be they fairy, Arthurian or Mediaeval. Top of the list must be poor Richard Whiting. last Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey and an annoyance to King Henry VIII. Sadly the wealth of the abbey was too good a thing for the King to resist and come the dissolution of the monasteries the Abbot's days were numbered. Richard was dragged on hurdles to the top of the Tor and hanged there along with a pair of priors. Frankly the King's men must have been jolly keen as there must have been plenty of level scaffold building ground back in Glastonbury. Hardly the way to round off a nice walk...
The Chalice Gardens
Whether you decide to go to the Gardens for religious, historical, or meditative purposes, I can guarantee you that it will be an experience that you won't forget. For those who go to visit the garden to see and reflect, it is a beautiful place. The flora and fauna are magnificent and it's no cell phone policy makes it a peaceful, relaxing place to be. There are many benches tucked into private areas throughout the garden and you can find yourself quite alone if you want to be.
The natural spring that comes into the well comes from a shaft that is 800 years old. The pentagonal chamber that is attached to the well dates back to the 18th century. It was built for reservoir purposes back when the spring was used as part of a spa treatment. Today, you can wade in the small pond.
The religious legend is that Joseph of Arimathea brought with him the Holy Grail to Glastonbury (Avalon) and deposited it under the hill where the spring ran.
Throughout the gardens are many yew trees, beautiful trees that have old, withered looks to them. The yew was traditionally placed in church yards but this is a continuation of pre-Christian practices when yews were featured in Celtic and Druidic practices.
There are three Holy Thorn trees in the garden. The legend behind the horn tree is that it sprouted from Joseph's staff when he put it into the ground. It flowers around Christmas and Easter.
You can drink water from the spring at the Lion's Head. It is said to have healing powers. I have drunk the water myself and although I am not a huge water drinker, there is definitely something strange about this stuff-I couldn't get enough of it. It is said to be pure and unpolluted and it was certainly delicious. You are encouraged to take containers to take the water away with you.
There are two main currents of energy that run through the garden. One line runs from Cornwall to Norfolk and bisects through Arthur's Court. The Michael and Mary line goes through the Abbey and Tor and eventually through Avebury Stone Circle.
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Address: 60 St. Marys Rd, Meare, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9SR, United Kingdom