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Glastonbury, Somerset

This rather pretty west country town is steeped in myth and legend.

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We know it’s not cool to believe in fairies but if you spend a week in Glastonbury it’s enough to make you think twice. This rather pretty west country town is steeped in myth and legend, as you’ll quickly find out on a stroll up to the famous Tor.

According to locals it’s home to Gwyn apNudd (he’s the King of the Fairies no less), and along the way up the hill to get here you’ll pass the ancient oaks – Gog and Magog – the last remains of a Druidical avenue that once lined the route.But even if you don’t see any actual fairies (and stragglers from Glastonbury festival wearing a fake pair of wings doesn’t count), you’ll still wish you’d brought the camera; the views are amazing.If climbing uphill sounds too much like hard work, there are more conventional ways to explore Glastonbury’s history, though. Take a stroll along the Millennium Trail and you’ll see markers set into the pavement, which lead you on a circular journey through the architectural and social history of the town.

And if you find your energy waning (spiritually or physically) en route, why not stop for a light lunch at La Lune, where ethically-sourced local produce is served up with a side helping of astrology. Only in Glastonbury.

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