11.08.2010 - 11.08.2010 21 °C
After yet another scrummy cooked breakfast we headed across the road to Glastonbury Abbey and wandered around the ruins of there. We saw the tree that supposedly was used for the crown of thorns on Jesus and the reputed burial place of King Arthur and Guinevere (both the original and moved locations!). Many ancient religious connections are associated with this place and the size of the abbey would have been huge. Henry VIII 's men would have had a rough time tearing it down but clealry they succeeded with most of it.
After getting sustenance from a bakery called Burns the Bread (which burnt nothing and had very yummy food), we made the bold decision to walk up the Glastonbury Tor. which is visible for miles around. A tower from the 1500's still stands on top of the Tor but it does have a gruesome history with an abbot being hung there during the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500's. There also used to be a church up there and I don't envy the congregation who had to tramp up that hill every week to go to church. It is a very steep climb but we did it in about 20 minutes. It was worth the effort because you get a 360 degree view of the countryside, which today was easy to see as the sun was shining again (although there were a few ominous clouds in the morning). Naturally the walk down was much easier.
With weary feet we walked down the High Street and looked in the various eclectic shops before heading off to Wells, a town about 15 minutes away that also has a Cathedral dating back to the 10th century (and earlier). We had seen this from the top of the Tor but managed to get confused when we arrived in town because there was another church close to where we parked with a massive tower but it just didn't seem big enough. So we kept walking and found the proper one (about 20 times as large as the wrong one!). Yet another amazing building, this one with a unique wishbone style in the centre of the Cathedral that was done in the 1300's to help strengthen the sinking foundations. Strikingly beautiful. We then strolled around the moat of the Bishop's Palace before heading back to Glastonbury and dinner in the same pub as last night. Both of us can barely walk another step and will no doubt feel the effects of that big hill tomorrow.