It has been rumoured Glastonbury Tor is the final resting place of King Arthur himself.
Well, if that information isn’t enough to motivate me to go visit Glastonbury, I’m not sure what is. So, off I went to the little country town of Glastonbury in the UK to explore this magical place.
Whether Glastonbury Tor is the final resting place of King Arthur or not, standing on top of this very LARGE hill, where the mysterious Tor sits truly is an amazing experience.
There are no writings of who first built the Tor, and archaeologists have theorised it once would have been a small foundation, before Monks and other inhabitants of the area continued to build level after level over the centuries, changing both the design and structure. It is still unknown, fully, why it was ever built in the first place, or why people continued to build on top of the original foundation. The floors and stairs are no longer inside the Tor, which is a real shame. It would have added to the experience if you could climb to the top of the Tor. I couldn’t help but find myself in deep thought whilst exploring this treat, sitting alone in the silence, on top of a hill and found it difficult to leave. I could have stood upon the hill and its Tor all day.
Local historians at the nearby Abbey (also worth visiting if you are in the area), state that although the Tor has been well associated with the legend of Avalon, King Arthur, The Holy Grail and other Christian myths, the Tor itself does sit on top of what is now called St Michael’s Ley, which has a Neolithic provenance, and is known as one the Celtic perpetual choirs. Meaning, the hill where the Tor sits is said to maintain the spiritual integrity of the whole of Britain. Which could explain why it’s a difficult place to leave, once you have arrived.
To add to the mystery of the Tor, it is said, this very LARGE hill; also known as a primeval mound, was once surrounded by water too, making it a fundamental location in prehistory. Known as the Somerset Flats, the area was drained in the 4th century to provide additional farming lands to the people. However, upon draining the waters, the discovery of many lake villages and raised walkways connecting the Glastonbury with many areas of its surrounding landscape illustrated that this area was once considered worthy of attention in prehistoric times and even today.