So we decided to go do some touring. Nearby is a famous landmark.
Glastonbury Tor is a hill beside the town of Glastonbury. The word "Tor" is a Celtic word meaning "hill". And on this tor, there is a tower. The tower is actually all that remains of a church that was built in the 1360's.
Chester made himself quite comfortable during the drive over to the tor.
View of the tower from where we parked.
Oddly enough, there is a handicapped parking spot at the base of the tor.
The hike up is fairly steep.
But the view is worth it!
The tower is all that is left of a church that was built here in the 1360's.
A little bit of history from the sign at the top of the tor.
Hiking down towards the town of Glastonbury.
The town of Glastonbury is a bit touristy, but in an interesting sort of way. Probably because of the tor, Glastonbury has become a bit of a hippie hangout with organic food places and the Holy Chalice Well where the water supposedly has special healing properties. Worthwhile to wander around for an afternoon. Also has the free Somerset Rural Life Museum if you're into that sort of thing. And the very expensive Glastonbury Abbey Ruins for £6.00 ($10.00). But considering we did the Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds for free, it's hard to justify the charge at this one. I guess they charge because they can!
Lots of interesting old buildings in Glastonbury. This was a townhome on the main street was built in the late 1400's! Now home to the tourist office and museum.
The George and Pilgrim's Hotel. Built in 1492!
We did wander into the free Rural Museum, but they don't accept dogs. So Helen and Tony and Chester stayed outside and Ruth and I went in for the quick five minute tour. Not really my thing, and we've been in a lot of old farming museums over the years.
There is an interesting old barn at the museum. "A Barn?" you say. Yep. Kind of looks like a church though, doesn't it?
Total cost of the day? Free. Well, a little gas in the car to get there, but everything we did was free, and we had packed a picnic type of lunch. We hardly saw the sun, but at least it was warm enough, and it didn't rain. We had a good day. Ah, we did stop at a local cider outlet where we ended up buying a 2L jug of Perry for £5.30 ($8.69) . That's cider, made with pears! Ruth doesn't like pears, but she did like the pear cider!