Photography Walk: Glastonbury Abbey (entrance fee included)
Glastonbury has a unique flavour and character. Made famous by the nearby Glastonbury Festival at Piton it attracts visitors and pilgrims from all over the world. The town is thought to have been a site for pre-Christian worship, perhaps because of its location by the Tor, the highest of the hills surrounding Glastonbury and a superb natural viewpoint. Evidence from timber trackways such as the Sweet Track show that the town has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Joseph of Arithamea is said to have arrived in Glastonbury and stuck his staff into the ground, when it flowered miraculously into the Glastonbury Thorn.
Now Glastonbury is described as a ‘New Age community’ and is notable for myths and legends often related to Glastonbury Tor, concerning Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur.
More about Glastonbury’s history here
The Abbey lies in the heart of Glastonbury Town and was once one of the greatest abbeys in the country. The ruins are on a grand scale and the grounds surrounding them provide a peaceful retreat from the hectic outside world. This is also the possible burial place of the legendary King Arthur. It is believed that the first church was erected on this site by the Saxons in the 7th century. Many further additions were added from the 10th to the 15th centuries until the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century when virtually all monasteries, friaries and nunneries were destroyed in what was termed the Dissolution of the Monasteries
As one of the most beautiful places I have found just to take a walk I always find it inspiring. I am fortunate enough to live in Glastonbury so it’s a regular haunt for me
We will be met by a guide in the Abbey who will tell about the history and indeed some myths associated with the Abbey. Afterwards we will continue to walk around the grounds, stopping at intervals to take some photos, receive tips, tuition and encouragement from our ShutterBugs tutor Graham
Clothing: appropriate for the day
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