GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Glastonbury Tor Walk

2 miles (2.6 km)

This popular walk takes you from the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to the summit of the iconic Glastonbury Tor. The circular walk runs for about 2 miles with a moderate climb on the way.
You start off at the Grade I listed, Scheduled Ancient Monumentof Glastonbury Abbey. The abbey was originally founded in the 7th century and rebuilt in the 14th centuryafter a fire in 1184destroyed the buildings. The site is 36 acres and open to the public so its well worth exploring the area and marvelling at the fascinating architecture and history of the abbey before climbing the Tor.
From the abbey you head to the Tor summit on good footpaths passing Bushy Combe and Chalice Hill on the way. At the summit you will find the 15th century St Michael's Tower where you can enjoy marvellous views over Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Wales and the nearby Polden Hills. You can also explore the apple orchards at the bottom of the Tor before returning to the abbey.

Glastonbury Tor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Glastonbury Tor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

The Rifleman's Arms is a great choice for some refreshments after your walk. It's just a short downhill stroll from the Tor and within a stone's throw of the Chalice Well Gardens. The pub has a nice beer garden with views towards the tor. You can find it at4 Chilkwell St with a postcode of BA6 8DB for your sat navs.

Dogs will love climbing up the tor and you will probably see many other dog walkers on your outing. Please keep them on leads near grazing sheep though.

The Toris located in the middle of the Summerland Meadows, part of theSomerset Levels,rising to an elevation of 518 feet (158m). It is thought to be the location of Avalon, the place whereKing Arthur's swordExcaliburwas forged and later where Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after theBattle of Camlann.
If you enjoy this short climb then you may also like to try the walk up Burrow Mump which is quite similar. The small hill includes the striking 18th century ruined church of St Michael's. It's located about 10 miles south west of Glastonbury in the pretty village of Burrowbridge. From the hill summit there are nice views back towards Glastonbury Tor and over the Somerset Levels.

Photos

Glastonbury Tor - geograph.org.uk - 772

Glastonbury Tor. Taken from the north, in Well Lane

Glastonbury Tor - geograph.org.uk - 1105318

The tor taken from Havyatt/Edgarley close to the "welcome to Glastonbury" sign on the A361. (Photo actually taken from the orchard alongside)

Glastonbury Tor - geograph.org.uk - 935637

St. Michael's Tower sits atop a conical hill or 'Tor' (celtic for conical hill). Believed by many to be Ynys yr Afalon or Avalon, a place for Arthurian legend.

Walkers on Glastonbury Tor - geograph.org.uk - 668528

Walkers on Glastonbury Tor. Even on a winter's afternoon, a file of walkers can be found making their way down the Tor's zig-zag paths. The camera is near Cow Bridge on the Butleigh Road

View from Glastonbury Tor. - geograph.org.uk - 1322718

View from Glastonbury Tor.

Western end of Glastonbury Tor - geograph.org.uk - 939468

Western end of the tor. Approaching the tor from the bottom of Wellhouse Lane, the path up to the summit is mainly of concrete to withstand the large number of visitors that walk this way.

Glastonbury Tor from Chalice Well - geograph.org.uk - 922495

The Tor from Chalice Well Gardens in Spring.

The Tor taken from Bere Lane Glastonbury. - geograph.org.uk - 949992

The Tor taken from Bere Lane Glastonbury.

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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