The land was covered by a cross section of canals and the only access path beyond took us through a narrow strip that had been converted from grassland to a grey mass of thick sticky mud, knee deep, reminding me somewhat of my experiences on the Gaucho Trail in Patagonia in March 2010. The problem was compounded somewhat by the fact that the farmer whose land we had been crossing, albeit on a public footpath, came out and yelled and swore at Martin, as he was adamant that we had allegedly upset his cows, one of them ending up in the canal. A large group of happy people had gathered at Glastonbury Tor, fronted by a guitarist with a rather good voice, accompanied by a flautist. Renditions of “Give Peace a Chance” seemed appropriate. The event had been organised as part of the “Reclaim Love” celebration being conducted around the globe, their “May all the beings in all the worlds be happy and at peace” theme aptly demonstrated as they formed a ring around the tor and chanted the words. At the start of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, there were over 800 monasteries, nunneries and friaries in England. By 1541, there were none. In September 1539, the Abbey was stripped of its valuables and Abbot Richard Whiting (Whyting), who had been a signatory to the Act of Supremacy that made Henry VIII the head of the church, resisted and was hanged, drawn and quartered as a traitor on Glastonbury Tor on November 15, 1539. Read more.