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Sedgemoor District

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  • Day1

    Glastonbury

    June 25, 2021 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Glastonbury is a quirky town and steeped in history and myth concerning Joseph of Arithamea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur.  Most people, however, associate it with the music festival which, by coincidence, was meant to be this weekend; there are still many "new-age" types and hippies here though...

    We walk via the back route to access the nearby tor (hill) from behind; the conical hill is topped by the roofless St Michael's Tower, built in the 14th century to replace the original wooden church, before returning to town down the front of the hill. We pass a 14th century tithe barn, now the Somerset Rural Life Museum, on our way to the Town Centre.

    Glastonbury is a market town and extremely attractive, with many old buildings - not least the Abbey and the two churches of St John the Baptist and St Benedict. We wander around enjoying the ambience.

    It has surpassed expectations.
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    Wolfgang und Heidi

    Cool 😊

    6/27/21Reply
    Wolfgang und Heidi

    You are a gost, right?

    6/27/21Reply
    Andrew's Travels

    I've been called worse!

    6/27/21Reply
    Wolfgang und Heidi

    Don‘t take it personal. Habe a pint on me ...

    6/27/21Reply
    Andrew's Travels

    Of course not! Cheers!

    6/27/21Reply
    Helen Dadd

    Maybe Andrew had a hair-raising experience at Glastonbury!!? 🤣

    6/28/21Reply
     
  • Day4

    Mendip Hills; Cheddar Gorge

    June 28, 2021 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in the UK; it is 400 ft (122m) deep and 3 miles long; there are various individual show caves here, but they are closed at the moment as it is not possible to have a one-way system through them.  The Gorge is a very popular walking area as there is a lovely circular walk which takes in both sides.

    We start at the National Trust booth in Cheddar Village, going uphill initially and then heading east on the well-trodden path.  There are good views as we move along it before we turn downhill to the Black Hill Nature Reserve and cross the B1315 (aka the cliff road) to walk west back down the other side of the gorge.  There are even better views here, especially of the Cheddar Reservoir, at the Pulpit Rock.  We head back to Cheddar via the steep steps of Jacob's Ladder next to Pavey's Lookout Tower.
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  • Day4

    Kaffee und Quellwasser aus Glastonbury

    May 12, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Natürlich mussten wir auf unserem Weg durch England auch in Glastonbury halt machen. Wir hatten nicht viel Zeit, weil die Läden alle um 17 Uhr schlossen, aber wir erkundigten die High Street und die dortigen Läden.
    Außerdem holten wir etwas Quellwasser und fuhren um das Glastonbury Tor herum.
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  • Day222

    Glastonbury

    April 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Okay, mein Handy hat kurz geladen und ich hab eine neue Tasse Tee also kann es weiter gehen.
    Mein zweiter Programmpunkt war wieder eine halbe Stunde mit Toto über kleine Landstraßen entfernt. Ich bin nach Glastonbury gefahren. Da bin ich als erstes zur Abbey gegangen. Der Legende nach hat Jospeh von Arimathäa da die erste Kirche überhaupt gebaut. Eine weitere Legende ist, dass King Arthur hier begraben liegt (siehe drittes Bild). Egal ob da was von stimmt, der Ort an sich war total beeindruckend. Das Wetter war erst total schön und hat dann pünktlich zu noch einer Tour angefangen zu regnen. Die Tour war trotzdem schön. Der Mensch war total nett und die Tour war interessant. Unter anderem hab ich auch die best-intakte mittelalterliche Küche gesehen, aber wegen der limitierten Anzahl von Bildern müsst ihr darauf verzichten...
    Nach der Abbey bin ich zu dem Glastonbury Tor (nicht übersetzt) gelaufen, was ein ziemlich steiler Anstieg im strömenden Regen war, aber es hat Spaß gemacht und die Aussicht hat sich dann auch echt gelohnt!
    Oben bei dem Tor hat eine nette Frau Bilder von mir gemacht und ich von ihr. Das war schön.
    Nach einem kurzen Aufenthalt bin ich wieder nach unten geschliddert und bin mit Toto zu meinem letzten Programmpunkt gefahren - dieses Mal bin ich so nass geworden, dass ich nicht trocken war als ich wieder ausgestiegen bin.
    ... bis gleich!
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    Tomke Bartels

    how did you do that?? 🤤

    4/4/18Reply
     
  • Day8

    Glastonbury Abbey

    June 12 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Verfallene Abbey aus dem 12. Jahrhundert, oder wie Stefan sagte a very old Obtei ⛪ die wir mit der eigenen Phantasie wiederbelebt haben.

    SoulTraveller

    ❤️💙

    SoulTraveller

    Very nice 💙🧡❤️

    Rosana Bachlechner

    Bellísimo ❤️❤️❤️

     
  • Day109

    Heading to Plymouth

    August 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Back on the causeway made from stones from the abbey. Six hundred years ago this land would be a marsh land with secret tracks through. Imagine the pilgrims finding their way to the Abbey. 1685 Charles ii died and eldest illegitimate son rebelled. Was Duke of Monmouth. Lost battle. Beheaded before portrait painted. Had to get parts together to repaint!

    Lovely villages being passed by. This area had severe flooding a few years ago and they are in some cases just recovering.
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    Sandy Clarkson

    Wow very narrow

    8/3/16Reply
     
  • Day79

    Cheddar, as in Cheese

    July 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    We went to the town of Cheddar, to see the cheese-making process. Cheddar cheese is named for cheddaring, an extra step in the process which was developed there.

    Unpasteurized milk is heated and rennet is added. Once curds are formed, they are cut into cubes, and when the pH is right, the whey is drained off. Then the curds are shoveled into a cooling bin, allowed to set, and then the cheddaring begins. The mats of curds are cut and stacked so more whey drains off, then they are cut and stacked some more, until the stacks are about 4 blocks high.

    It takes about 7 hours to make milk into cheese, and then it is aged. We watched a while, had lunch, and went back again to watch some more steps.
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    Sherri Clark

    Wow! Hope you ate some cheese curds! I really like them.

    7/23/18Reply
    DeanandLindasTravels

    They didn't have them, but we tasted several different cheddar cheeses.

    7/24/18Reply
     
  • Day7

    Avebury RFD

    October 11, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    We got a late start (seems to be a theme), so we didn't pick up our rental car until about 1pm. The road to Avebury is a mix of motorways and smaller byways. It's quite possible that we went through 50 roundabouts today. Luckily, Amy had here GPS, so we were able to move forward the entire day; as opposed to Ireland, where we double backed a multitude of times.

    We arrived in Avebury about 4:30. With a light mist, the area was magical. Large stones emerge from the earth in flat meadows where there appears to be no rock. Concentric rock circles engulf you, making one realize how terribly insignificant we are and how briefly we appear in the history of the world. The earthen embankment, which I've seen called fosses, also create a circle and were actually constructed first. The embankments run around the outside of the largest circle. The builders dug a ditch thirty feet down, then piled the dirt thirty feet high at the edge of the ditch, creating a hill of sixty feet. These "structures" we're built in 4,000-3,500 BC. It wasn't until 2,600 BC that the stones were placed.

    We walked the interior of the large circle, after Kim and Amy did some serious purchasing at The Henge Store. The NE quadrant is filled with sheep, grazing obliviously around the stones. The other three quadrants were sheep-free during our visit, but there was evidence they had been there.

    Just beyond the henge is Silbury Hill, the largest man made structure in prehistoric Europe. Basically, it's a huge pile of chalk, dug up from the local area. The landscape here is just a few inches of top soil, sitting on top of solid, white chalk.

    We left the henge to eat dinner and drive to Glastonbury. We ate at The Waggon & Horses, a site built in 1669. The food was amazing, giving me the energy to finish off the drive to Glastonbury; home to hippies, crystals, goddesses, and incense. Just like Boulder, just older!
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  • Day9

    Can't get enough of the place

    October 13, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 39 °F

    Glastonbury has been interesting enough to extend our stay. At breakfast the two other B&B guests told us about running into a local yesterday, who told them the details of his pond's carp. Apparently they were beamed into a spaceship, and he thought he had lost them; however, the aliens did return them, eventually ejecting them into the pond from whence they came. He was quite animated about the splash made by their return.

    We started the day at the White Spring, across the street from the previously mentioned Chalice (aka red spring) Well. The red spring carries the female energy and the white spring exudes male energy. The spring is located in a dark, damp brick building that is built into a hill, so it feels like you are way underground. As we walked in, a middle-aged man pointed at our feet and said, "You're going to want your wellingtons for in there." Translation...you need your wellies (knee high rubber boots-all the rage in England) because the water is a little too deep for your current footwear. Amy and Kim talked me into stripping my pasty feet and entering the lair of darkness. The water was several inches deep in some spots and super cold. My little toes were shivering! It takes a bit for your eyes to adjust but there were four or so altars near the corners of the rectangular brick vault. The ceiling was about 15-20 feet high and in the center of the place was a large pool, wherein the spring runs, then drains out on the other side. Our B&B friends mentioned that men were swimming naked in it yesterday when they visited. Luckily we were spared that uncomfortable social encounter!

    We did some shopping at places like The Psychic Pig, and Man-Magic-Myth, while glancing at the windows of Faeries, The Wonky Broom (actual hand carved witches brooms), and The Witch's Cat. For personal care, we noticed you could pop into the Inner Beauty Salon or the Holistic Hairdressing and Healing shop. All this shopping was a little much for me, so I left Amy and Kim to do the fiscal damage, and I went down to the Glastonbury Abbey.

    The Abbey, like all other churchy things around this part of the world, was built on a pagan site. A capped spring can be seen in what is left of the cathedral's crypt. The spring was used for pagan rituals long before the church arrived. This church site is special though. Jesus's uncle Joseph is said to have come here and built a small church, the first Christian church in Europe, which stood for about 1000 years. A monastery was later placed on the grounds, which is about 36 acres of the town. Models of the original structure are amazing, and the enormity of the building was not imaginable to me. As I stood at the south end of the cathedral, I looked at the remains at the north end and could not get my mind around the size of this structure. Some of the walls that remain only stand about one-quarter the original height of the building. Incredible. Unfortunately, a king, who's name escapes me, dissolved the monastery, hung the abbot, and raided the church's treasury. The monks ran off to France, and the Abbey has been sitting here, watching over Glastonbury ever since.

    We rested at the B&B for a bit before dinner at the “Who'd a Thought It” pub and inn. I've finally had my official fish and chips, so I am a very happy girl!
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  • Day20

    Brigwater

    October 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    After a long day we are waiting for a takeaway curry and then off to our lodging for the night.

    We battled our way through traffic congestion, accidents on the motorway and crap weather on shitty country lanes to get here. This curry better be good!Read more

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