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A Mid-Somerset Day Trip

8 Aug

We are in Somerset now, having rented a car at Heathrow airport. The drive south west of London took us past Stonehenge and on to a homely B&B on a small lane outside a little village in the midst of the Somerset Levels next door to an apple cider mill and across from Burrow Hill, a local landmark. If I passed a hobbit along the lane I wouldn’t be surprised.

Today, we took a drive to nearby Glastonbury where we toured the Abbey ruins and climbed 518 feet up to the top of Glastonbury Tor for a spectacular view of the surrounding area. The Tor is actually the name of the hill. Atop the hill is a single roofless stone tower, all that remains of 14th Century St. Michael’s Church.

Glastonbury is host to countless myths and legends tied to King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimithea and is now home to a thriving New Age community of which we saw evidence in daisy chain head bands, dreadlocked hairstyles and psychedelic murals about town.

Mocha Berry Café in Glastonbury town center.

Mocha Berry Café in Glastonbury town center.

Glastonbury Town Center

Glastonbury Town Center

Abbott's Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey

Abbott’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey Ruins

Herb Garden at Glastonbury Abbey

Herb Garden at Glastonbury Abbey

St. Michael's Tower atop Glastonbury Tor

St. Michael’s Tower atop Glastonbury Tor

The View from Glastonbury Tor

The View from Glastonbury Tor

Burrow Hill

Burrow Hill

Thatched Roof house next door to our B&B

Thatched roof house next door to our B&B

Burrow Hill B&B with a view of Burrow Hill

Burrow Hill B&B with a view of Burrow Hill