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  Wearyall Hill
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You can see why there are so many extraordinary beliefs and legends centred on Glastonbury. The Tor looks quite amazing when you first see it rising out of the flat Somerset levels. It always seems to look a little different each time I approach it. On winter days the flooding around the Tor suggests how it may have looked hundreds of years ago, before the levels were drained with ditches and the sea came right up to it.

The Tor is maintained by the National Trust; it is open all the time with no admission charge, and indeed on a summer night you will often hear bongos or chanting and singing from people holding a vigil up here! At the summit, excavations have revealed two superimposed churches of St Michael.

Walk up to the top and there's a dramatic view: to the north, the Mendips and the Bristol Channel to the west; the Quantock Hills are south west and you will see, in the east, Alfred's Tower and Clay Hill rising far away in Wiltshire.

There are so many legends about the Tor: one of the better known is about St Collen a C7th Welsh saint who encountered the Fairy King Gwyn Ap Nudd on teh Tor - visits his holy kingdom and splashes a lot of holy water about, believing the fairies to be demons. The whole palace and the fairy king vanish.

Wearyall Hill (pictured) rises on the other side of town - a short fairly steep and often windy walk to its ridge from where there are more great views. On the way up, the holy Thorn Tree bends its shape to the wind: this is said to have sprung up when Joseph of Arimathea (Jesus's Uncle) made a pilgrimage and planted his staff here.
You could approach Glastonbury by boat until late medieval times and the old River Brue flowed close to Wearyall Hill on its south side.

Directions: For information and maps of and to teh Tor, go to the website below

For a map of Wearyall Hill location go to multimap.com, grid re ST489380

Website: http://www.glastonburytor.org.uk

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  • Updated Jun 30, 2006
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