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Wells, Somerset

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Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor is one of Somerset's most magical and mythical landmarks. It can be seen from a great distance and in certain weather conditions, particularly when mists cover the Somerset Levels the Tor and tower can stand out giving it a mythical feel that we may associate with the Legendary King Arthur. A chapel was built around 1100 which was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in 1275 and the tower is all the remains today. The sacred Glastonbury Thorn is thought to have been planted at the foot of the Tor by Joseph of Aramathea. When he landed on the Isle of Avalon he thrust his staff into the ground and when he woke up from his rest he found that it had sprouted into a bush.

If you climb the Tor on a clear day you will get some magnificent views on the surrounding landscape. To the north you will see the Mendip Hills together with the City of Wells and its cathedral; to the west the island of Steep Holm in the Bristol Channel; Brent Knoll to the northwest; the Polden Hills and Quantock Hills to the southwest, and the Black mountains of Wales in the far distance.

Visit the National Trust website for more details about Glastonbury Tor

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  • The Tor at sunrise
  • A beautiful misty sunrise with Glastonbury Tor.
  • Glastonbury Tor in late afternoon sunshine.
  • The path up Glastonbury Tor during winter snows. Image  Palden Jenkins.
  • The path to Glastonbury Tor.
  • Steps up the Tor
  • Profile of the Tor in late afternoon sunshine
  • Glastonbury Tor as the sun is setting on a beautiful winter day.
  • Silhouette of Glastonbury Tor.
  • Looking through the tower's doorway towards Wearyall Hill as the sun goes down
  • View of Wearyall Hill from the Tor. Image  Palden Jenkins
  • Glastonbury Tor at sunset.
  • Glastonbury Tor in late afternoon sunshine.

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