Living in Somerset does have it’s benefits. I am able to easily visit some wonderful places. As it was a beautiful sunny day we decided to go over to Glastonbury for the day to ascend the famous Tor, walk the tight cobbled streets and browse about the unique incense filled shops. If you ever get the chance to visit the south west, even if it’s for the mad Pilton festival, spend some time in Glasto. There is no place like it.
We got a bus from our town (which turned out to be free because the bus company have gone into liquidation – bonus) and first decided to wander up the Tor towards St Michael’s tower. It’s about 500ft high and offers incredible views across the whole county and beyond. The walk is not too strenuous and there are plenty of stop off points for a drink or a picnic.
We then headed back down to the main high street in need of a drink – and with many cafes to choose from! It reminded me a lot of the cafe culture I’ve experienced in Edinburgh, and I like it very much. We picked one at random and had a large pot of tea for two and a tasty waffle each. Sitting in the sun was bliss.
After relaxing for a while we headed off around the beautiful shops. There are so many hidden around corners and in courtyards and I particularly enjoyed visiting the African and Indian inspired shops where the owners actually visit the country to source unique and often handmade items. A favourite of mine was Art of Africa – their website is here. Glastonbury is famous for it’s hippy shops and incense you can smell from the street. It’s unlike any other place!
We had a really relaxing day wandering around this strange but lovely place and finished it off with some lunch in the sun. Glastonbury is a small town but has so much character, so here are some final photos of the winding streets and alleys.
I didn’t go into the Abbey this time, but next time I definitely will! There is so much to explore and it’s relatively cheap. There are also frequent events like concerts and plays held inside the grounds. You can check out their website here.
I love to travel, and for me that includes exploring the place I live. I hope you’ve enjoyed my local day out!
PS. This photo just sums up Glastonbury for me.