Wednesday 18th December – Glastonbury
Walk Leaders: Nicky & Jackie
This is a 4 mile walk led by Nicky and Jackie. We will start from St John’s car park in the middle of Glastonbury. Mendip have waived the parking fees for the run up to Christmas. The easiest way to get to this carpark is from the by-pass and turn left at the Reclamation roundabout into Northload. Continue along this street until there is a “No Entry” sign in front of you. At this point you turn left up into the car park. Meet at 9.45 am to start at 10 am. There are public toilets in the car park.
We will walk up the High Street taking our time to absorb the atmosphere and then ASCEND Bove Town – you have been warned – we continue along Wick Hallow and then along a green lane towards Wick. Lovely views from this path, but muddy in places. Then we descend into Wick passing Gog and Magog and cross fields towards Higher Wick Farm before ascending once again – though not so steeply, more long and gradual up Maiden Croft Lane and we descend once again into the town. There is obviously a bit of town walking and there are 7 stiles, dog friendly, but a couple of high ones. Around these stiles is slippery mud and some mud and puddles along some of the paths.
We will eat at Knight’s Fish and Chip Shop in the town at 12.45 pm. .
On a dry morning fourteen walkers met by the old railway canopy in Glastonbury car park. How lucky we were….. the only dry break in a week of rain.
We headed up the High Street via St Benedict’s Church named after St Benignus, an Irish saint. Nicky told us about the market cross erected in 1846 and the medieval George and Pilgrims Hotel. We heard about the 15th century merchants’ house and other interesting buildings we have all previously walked past and not really noticed. Then it was up Bove Town stopping at the slipper chapel where pilgrims left their footwear to climb the Tor barefoot in penance. It was dedicated to St James, believed to date from 1480 and is now known as Jacoby Cottage. This was the old Wells Road and the banks are held in place by huge blue lias slabs.
Then it was along a medieval green lane and across the fields. It was very muddy but worth the climb because the views were stunning. We saw deer leaping across hedges down below us and stopped by the ancient Gog and Magog oak trees. On the way back to Glastonbury we passed a farm which is used as a forest school and we stopped to talk to a blacksmith wearing a beautifully made leather tunic.
We had a good festive lunch served speedily despite our early arrival and amused ourselves with corny cracker jokes.
Thank you Nicky for such an interesting walk and thanks to Peter who stepped in to back mark.
Report by Barbara