Glastonbury Walking Weekend

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The wide Somerset plains, old villages under vast skies, and the legend of King Arthur at Glastonbury Tor

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

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.

Glastonbury Weekend Dates:

  • Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July 2020

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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.

Good to know:

Venue Address:

YHA Street,
The Chalet,
Ivythorn Hill,
BA16 0TZ

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation.
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

Rooms: This venue has a mix of rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.

Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

FAQ’s – For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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  • Ticket / room types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

  • Dietary Needs:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

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YHA Street
The Chalet,
Ivythorn Hill,
BA16 0TZ
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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!
    Member 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
  • “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.
    Member Since 2016
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