Somerset mysteries – “Myths & Legends”

Walk in a landscape soaked with folklore and legends on our NEW Myths & Legends trail

Glastonbury Tor is said to be where history and myth combine, an iconic landmark that offers magnificent views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales. The low-lying ground is known to produce a visual illusion known as Fata Morgana, where the hill appears to rise out of the mist – one of reasons many believe Glastonbury Tor to be the legendary Isle Of Avalon. Not unreasonable as the Somerset levels were once an inland sea, and Glastonbury Tor did indeed rise above them like an island.

Walking at Glastonbury Tor

Avalon is a mythical island featured in the Arthurian legend, said to be the final resting place of King Arthur and the place where the sword Excalibur was forged. The island is also said to be the home of the enchantress Morgan le Fay, who is sometimes portrayed as a benevolent sorceress and healer.

Cadbury Hill Fort

Follow our Myths & Legends trail from Glastonbury, to another hilltop island in the levels – Cadbury Castle. Arthur’s legendary fort Camelot?

A mystical and earthy place, people have sought refuge here since the Stone-Age.
The castle was heavily refortified in the 5th century. A timber hall was built, and there is evidence of a cruciform Christian church established. Other wealthy finds this was a Christian King, maybe even King Arthur himself…? This site has been linked to him since the 16th century when historian John Leyland wrote of the local legends. Supposably Arthur and his knights are asleep in a cave beneath the hill, awaiting the time when England will once again need saving.

Stand on the legendary hilltop with views in all directions as you enjoy reading about Arthur & his knights…

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