2.9 of 5 (75 votes)

Glastonbury Tor

A leisurely walk (countryside) in Somerset, England, about 5.20km (3.23 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 151m (495ft)
Descent 103m (337ft)
Max. Elevation 130m (426ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 254m (832ft)
Start & End
Distance 5.20km
Duration ~1:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 16 Oct 2011
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 http://glastonburytor.org.uk/makermyths.html 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.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid ST499389
From the tourist information centre, walk east along the High Street.
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: www.glastonburyabbey.com
About 0.41 km (~0.25 miles) from
OS Grid ST507384
Further along the road, a footpath leads up to Glastonbury Tor.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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: http://glastonburytor.org.uk
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
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 0.36 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid ST520392
The path leads down towards a campsite. At the footpath junction, take the left turn towards Wick.
About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid ST515396
From Wick, you can follow the quiet paths back to the town.
About 0.64 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid ST510399
Take the path to Pear Tree farm, then follow Old Wells Road back into town.
About 0.59 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid ST506391
Time to enjoy the abbey, the touristy shops, or a pint in the pub.
About 0.97 km (~0.6 miles) from

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09 Jun 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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