Monday, 21 September 2009

Glastonbury Tor (Part 2)


It was cool, overcast and windy on the day we went up the Tor. Our climb was broken by periodic rain showers, which we could actually see coming across the plain toward us, so we were never caught by surprise. Because my Rare One and I are not the athletes we once were (or, in my case, never was), we climbed slowly and rested frequently as we made our way to the top. It was extremely windy at the summit and we sheltered in the Tower against the wind and the lashing rain. But what a magnificent view of the surrounding Somerset area! It was like being on top of the world!

It was such a powerful experience to stand where so many untold generations had stood before and, like them, be impressed with the view and the sanctity of the summit. Climbing the Tor felt like a real achievement in my spiritual journey! Going down the other side of the Tor, we were sheltered from the wind, the rain stopped and it was a pleasant descent.

Farmland is at a premium in England. The Tor is a working agricultural field. It often has cows roaming about, mooing, eating grass and leaving souvenir cow pies for the tourists. However, the cows were nowhere to be seen on the Tor that particular day, being smart enough to stay out of the inclement weather.

3 comments:

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

what a beautiful place..maybe kink authur stood there at one time..

mxtodis123 said...

You are so lucky. I will never get there. Won't fly and won't sail, so unless the build a bridge or a tunnel, i am stuck here in New York.

Lyn said...

I just had to come by and see your posts of England. I live only 2 hours away from Glastonbury and we often go there for the day. I have, though, only climbed the Tor once and that was before my daughter was born. It was the climb of a life time but so worth it. Glastonbury is one of my favourite places in the world - so glad you made the climb and enjoyed your trip :-)