Hey all, I hope you are well?
This last week or so I have had some time off work and spent it with kiddos. We did not do much in the way of walking but did bag two hill summits. I parked in the nearest car park for each one so feel like I cheated a little bit….
The first is Maiden Castle. The largest Iron Age Hill Fort site in the UK and is situated just outside Dorchester in Dorset.
The size of this site is unbelievable! Kiddo #2, Doggo and I spent a good hour or so exploring the vast summit and discussing what it would have been like to live here in the early Iron Age, helped by information boards at key areas. If you are ever in the area I recommend a visit to this free to enter English Heritage site. 🙂
I’m glad I had kiddo with me to help retrieve the cache here!
Glastonbury Tor is a hill and Tower in the county of Somerset I have long coveted summiting since I was a kid. On 11th July I achieved this accompanied by kiddos and dog. Ok, so I parked on stone down lane (NE of tor) at 100M and only ascended another 50 or so meters on foot to the summit. But this is because it was part of a longer day of exploring Glastonbury town and Abbey and visiting the haribo shop at Clarks village…….
We walked up the concrete path and steps laid by the National Trust in order to try and preserve the terraces on the tor from erosion due to the 30,000 plus visitors a year…..
The tower is all that remains of the 14th Century church of St Michael, which had replaced an earlier church which was destroyed by an earthquake! The last Abbot of Glastonbury was hung drawn and quartered here during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539.
There are many legends surrounding this tower:
It has long been said that this area was the Isle of Avalon where King Arthur went after his last battle. The monks of the Abbey claim to have found his grave and remains here and moved them to the Abbey….
Jesus is said to have visited and his uncle Joseph of Arimathea is said to have buried the Holy Grail here (incidentally a quest to find it was supposedly one that King Arthur was obsessed with).
I don’t know about the legends, I think probably historical fact and legends have become intermingled and no one knows the truth anymore!
I do know that despite the many people on the summit on this day I felt at peace sitting on the top looking out over the Somerset levels and enjoying the sunshine……
For once, kiddos were not arguing or whinging….. but that might be because I promised them £10.00 each to spend in the haribo shop which would reduce by 50p each time they whinged or argued. They managed to retain their full £10 each and even were restrained spending only half of it and saving the other half. Go kiddos! (okay….so the unicorns are mine…..)
I do hope you have enjoyed our trip to “The Isle of Avalon” and do hope that you are all keeping safe and managing to find time (covid permitting) to spend some time with your families and loved ones.
until next time….
Featured image c/o the National Trust. All other images my own.