We were super excited to be taking our motorhome back out on the road. Our first trip for 2020 was a stay in Glastonbury. In this article we share recommendations on a dog-friendly campsite and local attractions when visiting Glastonbury with your dog.
Where did we go:
Glastonbury, Somerset, South West (UK)
When did we go:
Mid-July 2020 (3 nights).
Why go here:
Glastonbury is steeped in history, legends, pagan rituals and of course the well-known music festival. It’s a magical, unique place where anything goes. During a visit to Glastonbury you’re bound to see some colourful, eccentric and friendly characters.
Where did we stay:
We opted to stay at a small dog friendly campsite about a mile outside of the town centre. Glastonbury Cottages and Caravanning campsite is a lovely family run campsite with facilities for 5 motorhomes/caravans and a separate field for camping tents.
How did we get there:
The approach to the campsite is important. For the last mile don’t follow the Satnav or Google maps. Do not go up Ashwell lane, instead stay on the A361 Edgarley Road and turn into the site where signposted Glastonbury Cottages and Caravanning site.
What we liked about the campsite:
- The owners are very friendly and welcoming. We were sent an email before we arrived giving clear instruction on how to approach the site (don’t use the Satnav/Google maps) so as not to end up down a very narrow lane. The email also provided plenty of information about the precautions in place to keep everyone safe during the virus outbreak.
- Dog-friendly campsite with lots of well-kept grass areas and waste/recycling bins. Like most campsites, dogs have to stay on lead.
- We loved the location at the bottom of the TOR. A 10 minute walk up the lane provides access to the National Trust grounds to climb the Tor.
- There are 5 well maintained hard standing pitches, with a hedge separating the next field for tent campers.
- Facilities such as water, waste disposal, toilet/shower block were all immaculate and being maintained throughout the day.
- It’s approx. 1 mile to Glastonbury town centre, so an easy walk into town for shopping.
- Picnic tables are provided opposite the hard standing pitches. Great for having lunch on sunny days and chatting with your campsite neighbours.
Points to note:
There is an A-road nearby, with some traffic noise during the day. But this is minimal and very quiet at night so not a problem. We slept well all 3 nights during our stay.
The paths are very narrow walking into town so be very careful. Walk dogs on a short lead and make sure to keep tails / bums tucked in during certain narrow sections.
If your dog(s) love to run off lead then head to the bottom of the Tor (see Tor walk below). When you go through the National Trust gate at the top of Ashwell Lane turn left and follow the lower track around towards the town.
Go through the next National Trust wooden gate and there’s a large secure grass field perfect for off lead playtime. The Tor itself often has sheep grazing on it, as it was when we visited, so the dogs couldn’t run around the Tor off lead.
What did we do:
Climbed Glastonbury Tor – when visiting Glastonbury with your dog, a walk around The Tor is a must. An isolated sandstone hill, The Tor stands at 158 metres and is topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower. The last fragment of a 14th-century church torn down in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. There are several stepped pathways leading up to the top. The views from the top are magnificent, you can see for miles across the Somerset levels. Well worth the hike to the top.
Campsite walk to the Tor: On leaving the campsite, walk past the front of the main farm house, turn left onto Ashwell Lane. You will see the Tor directly ahead of you up the hill.
Follow the lane up to a Y junction with Trees. Turn left here and walk along the lane then take the first right. Follow this lane up the hill, you will pass a colourful mural on your left. Ahead of you is the National Trust Gate onto The Tor ground.
Glastonbury Abbey: The Abbey has legendary status as the earliest Christian monastic site in Britain and by Domesday it was the wealthiest Abbey in England. The ruins of the Abbey stand in 36 acres of beautifully maintained parkland. The Abbey grounds also boast a cider orchard, two ponds, a wildlife area and seasonal flower displays.
The £5 per adult entrance ticket (when we visited) is valid all day. There are picnic tables and seating areas around the park to sit, relax and enjoy the park. There are toilet facilities and a small coffee/tea/ice cream kiosk, so allocate a couple of hours on your tour of the area and visit this beautiful site.
Where did we eat:
As well as eating in our van. one evening we called ahead and ordered a veggie Dansak & Korai curries from The Cinnamon Spice restaurant. Dave zipped into Glastonbury town on his electric scooter, which took 5 minutes, to collect our food. The curry was still hot when he got back. Delicious curry, lots of veg and tasty sauces.
- Sitting in Glastonbury high street drinking a coffee and people watching in this unique town, we saw;
- A steampunk wedding (bride and groom looked very quirky)
- Impromptu tennis game in the middle of the road (dodging the odd bus, bike and car)
- Once the tennis match was over it switched to a game of cricket – of course! 🙂
- Dave bashed his head on a low wooden beam, big dent in is head
- I had a comical ‘poo’ moment. Whilst walking along a narrow lane, I stepped aside to let a car pass, straight into Coco’s freshly delivered poop. Nice one!!!
- Being entertained by our campsite neighbour. Every time we looked across she was wearing a different pair of shoes. All heels, on a grassy campsite, right then. After switching from white heels to red heels she face planted outside our window on her return from the loo block:-) Priceless.
- Coco our 7 month old puppy over did it in the excitement of her first motorhome trip and Dave had to carry her back to the campsite in his rucksack – bless her she totally blew up and decided not to walk another step.
- Spotted Glastonbury Micro Brewery on Google Maps just a 10 min walk from our campsite. Walked the dogs up the lane, picked up some local beers on our last morning to take home.
Miles travelled: 64 miles each way (1hr 40 mins)
Campsite: Glastonbury cottages and caravanning
- The Glastonbury Tor – nationaltrust.org.uk/glastonbury-tor
- Glastonbury Abbey – glastonburyabbey.com
- Information Centre for Glastonbury http://www.glastonburytic.co.uk/
- GlastonburyOnline (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/GlastonburyOnline/
- Glastonbury Brewing Company visitor shop https://www.glastonburyales.com/
Clarke’s outlet village – https://clarksvillage.co.uk/ The shoe brand, Clarks was founded close by in the town of Street in the 19th century. The Clark family were Quakers, who had a presence in the town since the 17th century. The outlet village is a popular shopping destination when in the area.
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