The wide Somerset plains, old villages under vast skies, and the legend of King Arthur at Glastonbury Tor
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Join us for an easy walking weekend in the heart of Somerset, the perfect place to be in the middle of summer as part of a welcoming group. With the famous wildlife paradise of the Somerset levels just a stone’s throw away, we’ll also be surrounded by small hills, ancient woodlands, and the mythical site of Glastonbury Tor. This is an excellent weekend to come on if you’re new to Large Outdoors and maybe worried about your fitness, as the aim, as always, is on enjoying the day out rather than trying to cover a huge distance!
We’re based in Street, just south of Glastonbury town itself, where we can easily gain access to some excellent walking trails to discover the best of the local countryside. Think low hills that give wide-reaching views over the landscape, picturesque English parkland dotted with meadows and ancient trees, and of course plenty of the best local cider.
In a nutshell:
- Head out on two easy and relaxing sociable guided walks to discover the famous scenery of Glastonbury, including the Somerset levels, Glastonbury Tor, and the Mendip Hills.
- Enjoy this beautiful English county in its warm summer coat, with a cider on the lawn of our Swiss villa accommodation.
- Watch for wildlife, including the tens of thousands of wild birds that call the flats of Somerset home.
- Meet a friendly group of fellow walkers who are all keen to experience his exceptional countryside.
About the area
With the Severn Estuary, Exmoor’s dramatic moors and sea-cliffs, the wide plains of the Levels, and the wooded hills of the Quantocks, Black Downs and Mendips, Somerset is an ideal county for walking. Down in the South-West, in-between Gloucestershire and Devon, it’s also home to the legendary Roman city of Bath, and the iconic Glastonbury Tor, burial place of King Arthur. The Somerset levels are ideal for bird-watching, and the small hills surrounding them make for easy walks with wide views, where you can relax in the fields around ancient villages, a cider in hand. Running through the county are several long-distance walking trails, taking you across the plains and over the hills, which can easily be linked up into circular day-walks – an excellent way of seeing the county on foot.
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where you can relax in the sunlit grounds, surrounded by nature and ready to have a weekend of easy walking and relaxation.
Dinner is served at 8pm, and you’ll hear more about the plans for the next day. Other than that the evening is yours to get to know your walking companions and help yourself to our endless hot drinks.
After breakfast at 8am and time to make packed lunches, our plan is to take the group out for the day on a gentle wander exploring the Somerset Levels and the surrounding woodland, viewpoints and farmland.
Along the route we’ll follow rivers, cross ancient meadows, pass through quaint villages and walk through parkland that pretty much sums up all that is great about England. We then come to Glastonbury Abbey, one of England’s earliest Abbeys and legendary resting place of King Arthur.
From here we take the well-made path up to the 518-foot summit of Glastonbury Tor with its 15th century tower dominating the skyline, and marvel at the fantastic views before meandering back to base. Once back at the chalet there’s plenty of time to rest the limbs, perhaps having a cup of tea or pre-dinner drink in the garden before the evening’s meal gets underway. If the weather is good enough we’ll have a BBQ!
Short walk option: As we pass through several villages on this walk, including Glastonbury itself, there’s always scope for people to cut the walk short and be collected by car later in the afternoon. Ask our host on the Friday night if you think you might like to take this option!
This morning after breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. On Sundays we aim for a 3 hour walk, finishing between 12-1pm near a local pub, where you can either join us for lunch or begin the journey home.
Today’s plan is to head out for a stroll through the Mendip Hills, towards the north of the county, scenery typified by its rolling landscape, limestone gorges and ancient woodland. This will be a chance to see a totally different side of Somerset from Saturday’s walk, perhaps visiting Ebbor Gorge and Nature Reserve and wandering through the peaceful Ebbor Wood.
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018