Summer is here! The Swallows are busy, the blossom is out and the sun is warm. Why not dust off your walking boots, pick up one of our walks leaflets and explore the Avalon Marshes and adjoining “hills”?
Is an ancient wetland landscape lying at the heart of the Somerset’s Levels and Moors, nationally important 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.