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55 54 One must pay an entrance fee to go round the Abbey but one can take as long as one likes during opening hours. Enter from Magdalene Street and start this selfguided tour from the chapel dedicated to St Patrick near the entrance. Beyond this is a hawthorn tree said to be from a cutting of St Joseph s Holy Thorn. A little beyond are the fine ruins of the St Mary Chapel built on the site of the original Old Church. Visit its crypt and holy well. Then walk out on the south side to the spot where the monks exhumed King Arthur in 1191. From here we walk east through the ruins of the great Abbey Church. At the crossing of the transepts and the choir one finds the site of the tomb where King Arthur was reinterred. A little beyond is where the High Altar stood. At the extreme east end are the remains of the Edgar Chapel from which one can see the alignment of the distant St Benedict s church with the centre line of the Abbey Church. Next, walk to and around the pond in the eastern part of the grounds. From there one can walk to the western elliptical Abbot s Fishpond, full of water lilies, which lies 250 yds south of the Abbey. Going back toward the ruined cloisters and other levelled stonework one passes an herb garden. Then go west to the conicalshaped Abbot s Kitchen which has interesting displays within. Finally back to the visitor centre where there is a fascinating museum containing among other things a model of the abbey before its destruction. Start from a pullin beside Roman Way towards the top of Wearyall Hill. Enter the field and take footpath up hill to the Glastonbury Thorn. From here one has a panoramic view of the town, the Tor and the levels. Continue west along ridge of hill and then left down into the Roman Way again. This leads to the main road A361 where it crosses the River Brue at Pomparles Bridge. Go over pedestrian crossing and enter field on the north side of the Brue. Cross field towards a mobile phone transmitter mast, leaving Bridie s Yard a hippie encampment to the right. Come out on a road. It goes right you continue on and turn left through a gate into a long field. Walk up the field going away from the phone mast. Bride s Mound, where St Brigid lived and where there was once a chapel, is the elevated ground at the top of the field. There is a sewage works to the right. Go back towards the mast and take the road east briefly, before turning right towards the A361. Cross A361 here to a small war memorial, and then over stile to footpath east along side of a rhine. Walk 600 yds to weir where this meets the River Brue. Cross left over rhine by bridge near Clyse Hole sluice. Go right over further bridge and then walk in direction of the east end of Wearyall Hill. Turn left on a footpath up hill which goes back into Roman Way. Turn right, and then left at miniroundabout, still on Roman Way. This shortly brings you back to where you started. GLAsTONbURy wALk III MILe Round Glastonbury Abbey Grounds GLAsTONbURy wALk IV 2 MILes Wearyall Hill and Brides Mound
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