Glastonbury Town and the iconic Tor, nature reserves teeming with life, and a beautiful landscape to discover, the Avalon Marshes is a special and magical place with plenty to explore for people of all ages.
Is an ancient wetland landscape in the heart of the Somerset, significant for its hidden cultural heritage as well as its rich diversity of wildlife. Home to ancient track-ways, stunning wildflower meadows and thousands of wintering wildfowl, this landscape has many ancient and modern stories to tell and reveal.
The Avalon Marshes is home to a myriad of species throughout the year and many visiting birds on annual migrations. Be deafened in the spring by bird-song; glimpse otters skating on the ice in the winter; view the graceful elegance of herons fishing in the streams; become enchanted by wild orchid fields and wild meadows.
Inhabited since the end of the last ice age, the Avalon Marshes has slowly been reclaimed by man from the sea. Ancient trackways crossed the Marshes in the Stone Age; Iron Age dwellers built lake villages; Romans extracted salt from the estuary; the medieval period brought farmsteads; and the industrial revolution saw the construction of railways, grand buildings and the familiar landscape of rhynes and droves. The evidence of history is all around you.
Mystical and legendary, Glastonbury in the centre of the Avalon Marshes is reputed to be the ancient Isle of Avalon. A place of wonder and awe, it continues to inspire and the expansive Marshes hide many mysteries to discover and the chance to escape the crowds even in the middle of summer.
Autumn in the Avalon Marshes brings a change as dark clouds begin to form above fields, woodlands and reedbeds. But these are no ordinary clouds, they are huge flocks or Starlings on the move. They use the reedbeds of the Avalon Marshes as a safe and warm night time roost.