Glastonbury Tor

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Submitted by Timwoods on 16 October 2011
OS Explorer Map: 141 - Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West
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A circular, half-day countryside walk in England starting at Glastonbury, Somerset, about 6.6km (roughly 4.1 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A short walk to a well known landmark - Glastonbury Tor. The conical hill, with its distinctive tower on the summit, is a landmark seen from many miles around. This route takes the well-trodden route from the town to the top, then ambles back through the countryside.

Glastonbury Tor is an important place for many people, and rich in the legends of Avalon. Its legends are well documented elsewhere online; try"> for a good overview. Even if you aren't bothered by all that, the views from the top make this one of Somerset's best walks.

Start: Glastonbury, OS Grid: ST499389
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 171m (562ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 295m (968ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 124m (406ft)
Max. Elevation: 130m (426ft)

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OS Grid: ST499389
From the tourist information centre, walk east along the High Street.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: ST503387
At the end, turn right into Chilkwell Street. The road will take you past the 10th century abbey. Worth a visit on your way back:
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 2 OS Grid: ST507384
Further along the road, a footpath leads up to Glastonbury Tor.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 3 OS Grid: ST512386
A short but steep climb to the top. This is a mysterious hill with many myths and legends. Many a load of tosh, of course, but the hill certainly has a lot of stories:
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 4 OS Grid: ST515388
You can return directly to the town, but better to take a circuitous route back to explore the surrounds of Glastonbury. Walk over to Stone Down Lane and then take the footpath down its namesake hill.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 5 OS Grid: ST520392
The path leads down towards a campsite. At the footpath junction, take the left turn towards Wick.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 6 OS Grid: ST515396
From Wick, you can follow the quiet paths back to the town.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 7 OS Grid: ST510399
Take the path to Pear Tree farm, then follow Old Wells Road back into town.
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 8 OS Grid: ST506391
Time to enjoy the abbey, the touristy shops, or a pint in the pub.
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Benjamin  commented on 09 June 2012
Great walk
A great walk. The section between 7 and 8 is a bit hard to follow at the moment. There is a missing style where you now need to climb over a hedge (there is a useful tree) and the path is a little bit overgrown and hard to figure out in one place. Made it more interesting for me but might be tricky with young children. Great walk.
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