The Tor is a leisurely 20 minute walk from Middlewick Holiday Cottages 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 spectacular.
Tor is an ancient word for hill and this hill is considered by many to be one of the most sacred sites in Britain.
Glastonbury is a name you hear almost everyday. Many people connect it to the world famous Glastonbury 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 at Middlewick.
Gog & Magog
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 trees.
They are located adjacent to our property, just a 5 minute stroll from the complex. Past the E-den’s and across the back field.
Chalice Well & 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.
Many legends 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 Last Supper.
The Chalice 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.
Glastonbury Abbey is 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 Abbey 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 Somerset Levels.
The 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 days.
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 Christ.
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 Chalice Well.
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.