AROUND BANBURY MEADOW
We are surrounded by a network of footpaths and bridleways, with two fantastic country pubs in our local area to stop for a bite to eat or simple refreshment. We are lucky to have the Rose and Portcullis pub a 10-minute walk from our site and the Barton Inn, a 20-minute walk, both serving fine ales and good home-cooked country food. There is a bus service into Glastonbury town from the village, but, given our rural location, we do advise that you have your own transport.
Click on each of the images below to access more about the interesting and fun things to do and see locally... If you don't choose simply to relax at Banbury Meadow and unwind!
THE GLASTONBURY ZODIAC
The Temple of the Stars is the world-famous ancient temple situated around Glastonbury.
The Temple is claimed by some to depict a colossal landscape zodiac: a map of the stars on a gigantic scale, formed by features in the landscape (roads, streams, field boundaries, etc.).
The theory was first put forward in 1934 by Katherine Maltwood, an artist who "discovered" the zodiac in a vision and held that the "Temple" was created by Sumerians in about 2700 BC. The idea was revived in 1969 by Mary Caine in an article in the magazine Gandalf's Garden.
The Temple plays an important role in many occult theories. It has been associated with the Grail legend, Uther Pendragon and King Arthur (who, according to some legends, is buried in Glastonbury at the Abbey).
Banbury Meadow is nestled within the Dove constellation of the Glastonbury Zodiac.
THE POLDEN HILLS
The Polden Hills in Somerset are a long, low ridge, extending for 10 miles (16 km), and separated from the Mendip Hills, to which they are nearly parallel, by a marshy tract known as the Somerset Levels.
The Polden Hills stretch from Puriton, near Bridgwater, in the west, to Street, in the east. The ridge of the hill once accommodated a Roman road, from Ilchester to the port of Combwich. Roman and Iron Age objects from the "Polden Hill Hoard" are now in the British Museum.
Great Breach and Copley Woods, near Compton Dundon, is a Nature Conservation Review Woodland Site, owned and managed by Somerset Wildlife Trust. It has been designated as a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the invertebrate population. Especially noted is the large blue butterfly, which has been brought back from the brink of extinction.