A Guide to Glastonbury – all things witchy, amazing and weird
Now one thing you may not know about me is that I am very into spirituality… Incense, energy, meditation, the moon are all things I love and incorporate into my daily routine. I believe in the energies of people, the need in protecting yourself from negative ones and learning how not to let the energy of others affect your vibe. You’ll often find me smudging my house and aura with white sage and trying to gain healing energies from nature, like trees or water. Even just earthing myself sometimes is all I need to change my mood.
Another thing that has always fascinated me is the ‘Ley Lines’. Now for those of you who are not familiar with the concept…The earth has a number of major channels, or super-highways of power which are made up of subtle, electromagnetic energies which are not visible to normal sight. The channels can be seen clairvoyantly, sensed through the body or dowsed.
As these powers of energies encircle the earth, they at some points cross over and these points are the special places in the landscapes we call sacred sights. The likes of Stonehenge and Avebury are examples of this, their energies are so powerful on a spiritual level they become incredible places to visit. And this, is the main reason I have always wanted to go to Glastonbury.I think most people hear Glastonbury and think of the festival. I used to, it’s what put it on the map. But I can assure you there is so much more to this quirky, witchy town.
My mum and sister are exactly the same as me, we always joke that we are white witches and can heal people through sending good vibes and energy, as well as using natural forms like plants and herbs. So, what better place to pick for our mini girl’s road trip than a place that was intriguing us all, pulling us in to soak up some of its magic.
Tuesday – A first taste of Glastonbury
We woke up early as we wanted to get on the road before the work traffic hit, so we were packed up and in the car by 7:30 am. From my home town of Runcorn, the drive down to the South West of England was around 3 and a half hours but with our bladders and the few pit-stops we made at service stations, we managed to make it to Glastonbury around 12 midday.
Now we couldn’t check into our little cottage until 3pm so we went to a pay and display car park in the Centre. Glastonbury is not as big as I expected it to be, everything was quite compact and within walking distance. The car park had an alleyway leading into ‘The Gauntlet’ consisting of around 16 quirky shops, that then led into the main high-street.
I loved the vibe the second we arrived, everyone we crossed was covered head to toe, in bright coloured, happy clothes. Everyone was friendly and smiley, a few I’m sure had inhaled some herbs but it was such a laid-back ambience.
The sun was shining and we had a perfect autumn day to appreciate the colourfully painted shops that lined the high street like a rainbow. I was in my element because every shop was either full of crystals, incense or books! It was my kind of shopping haven.
Safe to say we came back with multiple boxes of incense sticks, new crystals, books I never knew existed, including spell books and even some herbal tea to help aid sleep. After a look round and a wander round some shops, we headed for some lunch at a gorgeous café called ‘The Lazy Gecko’. It was covered in incredible artwork all over the walls, available to buy but it was cute and quirky.
After a nice sit down and a long peruse of the menu, I decided on a lemon and ginger tea and a tuna and cheddar panini. Mum and Dani went for sandwiches on big bloomer bread, mum opting for Ham and mustard and my sister for the vegetable and hummus. All the food was fresh and delicious and even after noseying over at other tables, everything on the menu looked amazing.
After filling our bellies’, we headed back to the car and drove to the next town along called ‘Street’, divided from Glastonbury by the River Brue. This is where we had booked our cottage. Another quirky find from Air BnB, it was a lovely, warm and cosy place with a wooden beamed kitchen, little living room with a log burner that lead upstairs to a double bed and a single bed with a clean modern bathroom attached. If you looked out from the front of the house you were greeted with views of rolling fields and in the distance, you could also see the Glastonbury Tor. The other side of the house backed onto a church so the view was of an old graveyard. It felt very fitting for October and like the perfect set for a Halloween movie.
We had a wander around the village of Street and came to an outlet village called ‘Clarks’ which we soon came to realise was built inside and around of the old ‘Clarks’ shoes factory. Established in 1825, this factory put Street on the map as the company grew and grew.
Being typical girls, we had to have a look round the shops, popping into ‘Next’ where I found some amazing homeware bargains like bedding and curtains ranging from £8-18.
After a hot shower, cup of tea and biscuits and a bit of a pamper, we headed out to find some food. We had noticed a cosy looking pub on our afternoon stroll, just a 5-minute walk from the cottage, called ‘The Bears Inn’. Which once we entered, discovered it was a Marston’s. It had a ski lodge type feel to it and on a cold, foggy evening, was the perfect place to go. We enjoyed some white wine and I personally ordered the half a roast chicken, with piri-piri sauce (that was hot!). I can handle my spice but I felt like I had lip plumper on. I chose my chicken to come with rice and sweet chili coleslaw which was delicious.
Wednesday – Following the Ley Lines
We woke up early the next morning to get out and start our hike up to the Tor. From our cottage in Street, it took around 15 minutes to get over the bridge and into Glastonbury and a further 45 minutes to reach the top of the Tor. Now the bridge we crossed, I didn’t realise until that point was ‘Pomparles Bridge’ and was the site, where legend suggests that it was here that Excalibur was thrown into the waters after King Arthur fell at the battle of Camlann in the early 6th century. We continued along the ‘Roman way’ and eventually reached the bottom of the hill where the St. Michaels Tower (a Grade I listed building) stands.
The Tor is mentioned in Celtic mythology and is linked to Myths including King Arthur. The Tor is in the middle of the Summerland meadows, part of the Somerset levels and rises to a height of 518 feet. So, you can imagine how beautiful our views were for the whole hike up. The Tor is formed from rocks dating back to the Jurassic period and in past writings has been called ‘The Isle of Avalon’.
The Tor was magical and every morning would be surrounded in a low fog and mist, making the myths and energy seem even more exciting. Glastonbury Tor is known as being one of the most spiritual sites in the UK, its pagan beliefs are still very much celebrated and that is what was drawing me near. The hill is covered with people on the summer and winter solstice and people believe in the healing powers of the earth as it also has ley lines running through.
The walk up was incredible, I kept stopping to just look and take in the spectacular scenery, it was simply stunning. When we got to the top there were people bare foot meditating inside the tower, people laying down in the grass feeling the sun rays warm their skin, people smiling and enjoying the view.
The feeling of pure calm and amazement was overwhelming, I can’t explain it. We sat in the grass and soaked up the earth’s energy, meditated at the base of the tower. It was beautiful. To top off a perfect morning while I was exploring, I found a little gift bag and inside a stone necklace with a little quote saying ‘I hope this makes you smile today’. some people are so kind and little acts of kindness like that make peoples’ day.
After our descent we stopped at another quirky café for some lunch. ‘Hundred Monkeys’ was the spot we picked and it was lovely. Quirky and focused a lot on vegan and veggie. What I loved about this place was that it had every single ingredient and allergen for each dish on the menu, having a tree nut allergy myself it was nice to see straight away, instead of being annoying and having to ask the waitress. Now I’m not vegan but chose to order a vegan Mexican burrito, it just sounded like all my favourite things, a wrap with re-fried beans, hummus, veg and slaw it was fresh and delicious. All enjoyed with a view of Glastonbury high street and washed down with a ginger and lemongrass tea. My sister enjoyed a mushroom, spinach and vegan pesto toastie and Mum a ham and cheddar sourdough toastie.
Our next stop of the day was The Abbey. The Abbey was a monastery in Glastonbury, it’s ruins are a Grade I listed building and scheduled ancient monument. It was founded in the 8th century, enlarged in the 10th and at one point was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. It is here that the tomb of King Arthur and Guinevere lay.
The Abbey was absolutely breathtaking, eerie and stunning. The second I walked in I was overwhelmed by the sensation in that area. Me being my spiritual-self had another reason for desperately wanting to visit the Abbey. This is one of the spots where the ley lines cross over each other, meaning it was a sacred spot.
The Michael (masculine) line sweeps through Glastonbury high street across the Mary (feminine) line and they merge together at the abbey, right between the tomb of Arthur and the high altar. So, that’s the spot we headed for.
Standing in the spot where the energy lines crossed, I felt complete calm and stillness. No trees were moving around me, yet there was a slight breeze blowing across my face. I felt completely stuck in one spot and the energy and warmth travelled through my feet and up my legs. I felt like I was meditating, yet completely aware of everything around me. I felt as though the earth was filling my body with healing energy and I didn’t want to leave.
That evening we were so tired, we cooked ourselves a curry, opened a bottle of wine and enjoyed some quality girl time inside the walls of our cosy cottage.
Thursday – A day trip to Bath
Since we had to check out by 10am we decided to wake up even earlier and make the most of our last day. After watching Bridgerton in Lockdown earlier this year, Bath has always been on my radar to pay a visit too. After realising we were not too far away, we decided a day trip to Bath was on the agenda.
We were up, ready and in the car before 9am. It was only an hour to drive from Glastonbury to Bath center, all through stunning scenery and quaint little villages. I had a mini stress as I was driving into Bath, as not only had Mum read that there was a very complicated one-way system and if you went the wrong way you had to be escorted out by the police but that when we were just a few miles outside of the city, my satnav began flashing with a warning that we were entering a clean air zone. I quickly asked my Mum to google what that entailed and if I was safe to continue in my car. We went on a vehicle checker on the GOV.UK website and luckily, I was fine to enter in my little KA but some others had to pre-pay to enter and if not face a fine that could be thousands. (Just a little word of warning to check beforehand)
I was amazed by Bath, it was stunning! We squoze so much into our limited time there and I can safely say I will definitely be back soon. First off, we headed up to ‘The Circus’ and ‘The Royal Crescent’ … said to represent the sun and the moon and surprise, surprise is said to be connected by a ley line. The buildings in this area are also Grade I listed buildings and they truly are magnificent.
Walking through the high street we noticed some huge snow machines and barriers and as we got closer saw some signs that they were actually filming a movie. Later on in the day, walking along the river we saw numerous vans with ‘Warner Bros’ and ‘Universal’ written on, vans containing props, cameras, tents the whole lot to make a perfect film set. After speaking to number of people we learnt they were in-fact filming the new ‘Wonka’ movie. We kept our eyes peeled all day for Timothy Shalloway but didn’t get so lucky.
We enjoyed a wander round the high-street and a stroll along the River Avon, it was a beautiful autumn day, in the sun the colours were just beautiful.
Unfortunately, everything comes to an end and our mini girls trip went by too quick but I loved every moment of our witchy, magical and spiritual break away.
You have to believe in magic in order to find it.