Things to do within walking
The Tor is a
leisurely 20 minute walk from us and then a little climb to reach
the top, but well worth it for the fantastic views. If you are
feeling a little more adventurous, sunrise and sunset are even more
Tor is an
ancient word for hill and this hill is considered by many to be one
of the most sacred sites in Britain. On top of the Tor is St.
Michaels’s tower which is the remains of a church built on the site
in the 14th century.
surrounded with myth and legend, it is mentioned in Celtic myths,
and in stories of
Gwyn ap Nudd, the first
Lord of the Underworld and is said to be an entrance to Annwn or
Avalon, the land of the fairies.
The legend of King Arthur is whispered and Christian tales of Joseph
of Arimathea and Jesus visiting the Isles of Avalon.
information on Glastonbury Tor see this link.
Glastonbury is a
name you hear almost everyday. Many people connect it to the world
Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, but this is only a
relatively recent addition to the colourful history of Glastonbury
and the surrounding land. The less we tell you, the more the
surprise will be when you visit Glastonbury. The town is unique, and
a mecca for many people from all around the world. A walk (around 25
minutes) into town around the Tor is a must experience while staying
Gog and Magog
are 2 ancient oak trees. They are the last 2 remaining oaks of what
is believed to have originally been a Druidic avenue that ran up the
base of Glastonbury Tor. The row of trees were cut down in 1906 to
clear way for farmland. When the trees were cut down they were said
to have measured eleven feet in diameter and had more than 2,000
season rings. Today the trees have become a place of pilgrimage for
people and it is customary for visitors to leave offerings to the
adjacent to our property, just a 5 minute stroll from the complex.
Past the E-den’s and across the back field.
Well and Gardens
Chalice Well is one of Britain's most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon
between the Tor and Chalice Hill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens
and orchards it is a living sanctuary where you can experience the
quiet healing of this sacred place. For over two thousand years this
has been a place where people have gathered to drink the waters and
find solace, peace and inspiration.
are attributed to this ancient well where the waters flow
ceaselessly at a steady rate and temperature that never varies. The
most famous legend is that the water, rich with iron deposits,
represents the blood of Christ miraculously springing froth from the
ground when Joseph of Arimathea buried or washed the cup used at the
Well Gardens can be reached from us by walking up and over the Tor,
or around the tor on surrounding footpaths. It is a 40 minute walk
to reach the stunning gardens and we definitely recommend it.
more information on the Chalice Well follow this link.
Hidden away in the centre of this ancient
market Town are the awe-inspiring ruins of what was one of the
largest and richest Abbey’s in England. Set amongst 36 acres of
beautiful Somerset parkland and ponds, to tempt the nature lover in
all of us. In the spring see thousands of snowdrops and crocus,
followed later by daffodils, bluebells and then masses of
Wildflowers and native grasses; and in autumn the colours of
hundreds of trees.
The Abby ruins are magnificent, spend an
afternoon wandering through the remains of this ancient building,
filled with history, legend and myth…
In the 7th Century the first stone Christian
church was built on the site of Glastonbury Abbey, the base of which
forms the west end of the nave. In the 10th Century the Abbot of
Glastonbury, St. Dunstan, enlarged the church. By 1086, when the
Domesday Book was commissioned to provide records and census of life
in England, by this time Glastonbury Abbey was the richest monastery
in the country, before a major fire in 1184 destroyed the buildings.
It was rebuilt and by the 14th century and
it became one of the most powerful monasteries in England. The abbey
also controlled large amounts of surrounding land and was
instrumental in major drainage projects on the
The abbey was destroyed during the Dissolution
of the Monasteries under King
Henry VIII of
England and the last Abbot,
Torr in 1539.
The Abbey entrance is
on Magdalene St. at the end of the High St.
For more information on
Glastonbury Abbey follow this link.
White Spring and Well House
At the end of
Well Lane, just next to the Chalice Well Gardens, you will find the
mysterious White Spring Cave. This Well house was built by the
Victorians under the base of the Tor where the White Spring water
flows to the surface.
The water has a high calcium carbonate content, originating from the
limestone that underlies the area and is believed to have healing
properties. The pagans
acknowledged it as the essence of life, the gift from Mother Earth
to sustain its living forms.
The caves of the well house are built into
the hillside, inside there are a series of pools that have been
built according to the principles of sacred geometry.
The White Spring is a candlelit sanctuary, a place of prayer,
meditation and reflection. People come here to worship, bathe in the
pools and collect water. The well house is only open on certain
Wearyall Hill is a long narrow ridge to the
south west of Glastonbury. On the hill is the site of the original
Holy Thorn. This was said to have blossomed from the staff of Joseph
of Armithea, whom legend says had visited Glastonbury. He arrived,
weary (hence Wearyall Hill), planted his staff in the ground and it
immediately blossomed. The tree was seen as sacred, blossoming at
Christmas and Easter, marking the birth and resurrection of Jesus
Over recent years the Thorn has been victim
to repeated vandalism and was cut down. A new cutting has been
planted, so go and give it some healing energy. Before this, each
year a sprig of thorn was cut, by the local Anglican vicar and the
eldest child from St John's School, and sent to the Queen. Many
other examples of the thorn grow throughout Glastonbury including
those in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, St Johns Church and
Wearyall Hill is just 10 minute walk from
the centre of Glastonbury.
Just walk down Magdalene Street south to
meet the A361 road and then turn right along the A361 towards
Street. Cross to the southern side of the road and when the houses
finish, you will see the footpath slanting up the hill.
Go green, get fit and
explore... for cycle routes in the area, see
Bridgwater Circular via Cheddar Gorge Bridgwater Bike ride on Cycle
Routes UK - Cycle Route Planner and
There are several places to choose from - some of the closest being...
Landsend Farm Fishery, Wedmore
The Sedges, Bridgwater
www.go-fish.co.uk has all the details you'll need.
Mendip Golf Club
Burnham and Berrow
01749 675005 - Booking 01749
Wellow Trekking Centre Nr Bath 01225 834376
Divocky Riding School Nr Shepton Mallet 01749 880233
||Visit John Harris's Walking In Somerset site - more than 140 FREE walks to download and details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county.
Walking Tours and Guides around Wells
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Places to visit within
||Chalice Well - one of Britain’s most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards it is a living sanctuary.
- once the grandest and richest Abbey in England. A great Glastonbury experience awaits you here!
||Shoe Museum History of shoemaking
Clarks Village - discount village with over 90 outlet stores, restaurants and cafes, plus plenty to entertain the whole family.
||The smallest (and lovliest?) City in England, dominated by the Cathedral.
The Bishop's Palace - Moated Bishop's palace dating from 13c
Wells Cathedral - Impressive 12th Century Cathedral complete with associated buildings.
|Nearby Nature Reserves
Ebbor Gorge - woodland walk with excellent spring flowers, summer butterflies and autumn colour. Limestone outcrops and towering cliffs surround the gorge itself.
RSBC Ham Wall Wetlands - home to water voles, otters, bitterns and kingfishers. October–January sees huge starling roosts dancing in the sky.
Shapwick Heath - a major wetland nature reserve (400ha) of the Somerset Levels and Moors. The reserve is a haven for wildlife and a monument to the history and culture of Neolithic man, who came to this area 6000 years ago and made this their tribal homeland.
Westhay Moor - on a bright, crisp day Westhay Moor is a beautiful place to explore with its shimmering lakes and reed beds, birds singing and signs of spring all around.
Kings Castle Wood - the ancient iron age hill fort reserve of King’s Castle Wood is a peaceful haven packed with wild flowers in spring and summer and just a walk away from the beautiful historic city of Wells, the smallest city in England.
Burnham on Sea is 15 miles away and
is a beautiful drive through the Somerset Levels. The beach there is
spectacular and great to walk dogs on. There are nature reserves to
be visited along the way or stop in at Wedmore for lunch at the Swan
Pub for some great food.
Royal Bath & West showground - 20 minutes - Founded in 1777 The Royal Bath & West of England Society are a Somerset based registered charity that aims to encourage agriculture, the arts and commerce. The Society owns the Royal Bath & West Showground, a 240 acre site near Shepton Mallet, which is home to a series of world class shows and events in Somerset throughout the year.
Wookey Hole Caves - 20 minutes - Large and beautifully lit cave complex.
Fleet Air Arm Museum – 30 minutes - Europe's largest naval aviation collection.
Stembridge Tower Mill -30 minutes - built in 1822, this is the last remaining thatched windmill in England.
Lytes Cary Manor - 30 minutes - former home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte; here visitors can learn about his famous 16th-century plant directory, Lytes Herbal.
The Mendip Hills - 30 minues to 1 hour - go meandering around this vast area of outstanding natural beauty.
Cheddar Showcaves & Gorge - 30 minutes - Cliff walk and illuminated caves - great family day out.
Cheddar Cheese tour - 30 minutes - visit the the only cheesemakers left in Cheddar.
You can watch the various stages as they transform their rich, local milk into award winning authentic Cheddar Cheese every day of the week throughout the year.
King John’s Hunting Lodge - 35 minutes - this early Tudor timber-framed wool merchant's house (circa 1500) provides a fascinating insight into local history.
Haynes Motor Museum - 35 minutes - the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes.
Stourhead - 45 minutes - World-famous 18th-century landscape garden, it's magnificent lake shimmering with reflections of classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees.
City of Bath - 1 hour - a World Heritage City with Roman baths, amazing architecture and excellent boutiques, bric-a-brac and tea shops.
Bristol city - 1 hour - visit the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by revered Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Numerous lovely spots on the coast - including Wales.
Exmoor National Park - 1 hour 20 - whether you are planning to visit the National Park or are looking for ways to enjoy the special qualities of Exmoor on foot, horseback, bicycle or by car, your journey of discovery starts here.
Cardiff Castle - 1 hour 40 -one of Wales' leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance.
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