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#1 xploit

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:05 AM

Now I live in Bristol I felt I couldn't go without paying a visit to the riflemans, Glastonbury tor and a trip past worthy farm.

Has anyone else done anything similar or is it just me?

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:31 AM

I thought I was the saddest person nearby.

On the Saturday night of the festival weekend we camped at Ashcombe Farm in West Pennard. We did a leisurely tour of the perimeter of the site which took four hours. Taking in all the sites of Gate D, deer and cornfields in the West car parks, the Pilton Hilton, Worthy Farm and the lanes past Shangri-La.

Saturday night was a downpour but we kept dry in the pub. Sunday we had the tent dried out before it was packed away and had a great trip up Glastonbury Tor.

Would definitely do it again in a fallow year just to get the buzz of pitching the tent in the Vale of Pilton.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:43 PM

We went down to see a mate in Devon a couple of months back, and on the way back to London we took a detour to climb the Tor and have a nose around Glastonbury town. Driving through Pilton gave me that 'Glasto butterflies' feeling!

Glad I managed to get my annual pilgrimage in, even in a fallow year!

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:47 PM

Going on a little tour of the south west for our holiday this year. I'll be dragging the family to the Tor and around the town in a few weeks.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:47 PM

was the weather awful down there all glastonbury weekend?

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 07:29 PM

was the weather awful down there all glastonbury weekend?

It was fine all day on Saturday until about 6pm. A drizzle then gradually turned into a monsoon. It was OK in the pub and the tent but I wouldn't have wanted to be in Shangri-La through that.

Sunday it cleared up and we packed away dry.

Typical Glastonbury weather.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 04:27 AM

Going on a little tour of the south west for our holiday this year.
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 01:40 PM

A couple of weeks ago, we spent a few days down in Glastonbury camping.
Went up to the Tor, wandered around the town, and then on the Weds, spent a drizzley but very warm day down on the farm. Walking up to the Greenfields, the Stone Circle and 'getting on stage' at the Pyramid.
Had an amazing time, was glad to go, but have really missed the festival alot this year.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:41 AM

i live too far so can't go anywhere near it!! Would like to someday ..go to the tor do the whole lot!

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:05 PM

We were camping very nearby a few weeks ago... sadly I basically forgot to ask the hosts if we could visit the farm. Doh!

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:19 AM

will be going soon, staying overnight too - but not in a tent B) where do u ask for permission to go onto the site ? didn't realize you could until I saw a few posts to that affect, hhhmmm that would feel odd, no? ...

#12 Boris

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 10:57 AM

As far as I have heard they're quite relaxed about it. It's a working farm obviously and you're not walking on a public right of way or anything... but as long as you are polite & respectful it sounds like they'll not mind too much about somebody walking through. It would be wise to nicely explain that you're you are just having a quick look around if you bump into anyone of course.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

I think if you contact office@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk they will confirm if its convenient to visit.

We kept to public rights of way all round the site which take you through the middle of Pilton and Worthy Farm itself where we got a great view of the site.

Enjoy your trip. It is a beautiful place even when empty.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 03:38 PM

Thank you for above info :bye:

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 10:25 PM

I didn't know there was a public route right through... Well then obviously that is fine. NB I'm not a UK dweller now but was there some sort of freeing up of access rights to rural land a while back?

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 10:45 PM

I didn't know there was a public route right through... Well then obviously that is fine. NB I'm not a UK dweller now but was there some sort of freeing up of access rights to rural land a while back?



Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW), the public can walk freely on mapped areas of mountain, moor, heath, downland and registered common land without having to stick to paths.

People across England now have approximately 865,000 hectares of land across which they can walk, ramble, run, explore, climb and watch wildlife as they are given the freedom to access land, without having to stay on paths.
The new rights, for which people have been campaigning for over 100 years, came into effect across all of England on 31 October 2005.

All the above is copied and pasted by the way. I was bored so just looked it up!

Edited by Yoghurt on a Stick, 29 July 2012 - 10:47 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:35 PM

Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW), the public can walk freely on mapped areas of mountain, moor, heath, downland and registered common land without having to stick to paths.

People across England now have approximately 865,000 hectares of land across which they can walk, ramble, run, explore, climb and watch wildlife as they are given the freedom to access land, without having to stay on paths.
The new rights, for which people have been campaigning for over 100 years, came into effect across all of England on 31 October 2005.

All the above is copied and pasted by the way. I was bored so just looked it up!



The public right of way is not right through the site it is round the perimeter.

I am in danger of getting of getting myself banned here.

If you look at the OS map you can do a circuit of the site that includes walking down the lane toward the entrance to Worthy Farm. The view of the Pyramid Stage and across the valley to the stone circle from here is fantastic.

Just past the entrance you then turn north on a footpath that takes you to the village playing fields and the Pilton Pavilion. Then turn right and continue on roads past Winding Lake Farm etc. toward Shangri-La.

I have heard that you may be allowed to go on the private land and walk along the railway line and the main tracks around the site. For this I would always ask the landowners permission.

Good luck.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:07 PM

OS Map:

http://binged.it/PjwSLj

What Yoghurt is discribing is Open Access Land. There is none within the festival site (pan over to Glastonbury Tor to see how it's shaded)

There's a couple of Public Footpaths that skirt the edges - One that almost passes the farmhouse's front door & another to the North West from around Gates 5 & 6 to the back of JP stage.

However as Boris has said, they don't seem to mind as long as your respectful of the land & livestock and are aware of the rather large machinery. One time when I was there out of season, a farmhand stopped to ask me, very politely, not to go into a couple fields which of course I observed.

Take any litter home with you.

Visitors most common saying - "Hang on, is this where the x/y/z stall was?"


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:22 PM

OS Map:

http://binged.it/PjwSLj

What Yoghurt is discribing is Open Access Land. There is none within the festival site (pan over to Glastonbury Tor to see how it's shaded)

There's a couple of Public Footpaths that skirt the edges - One that almost passes the farmhouse's front door & another to the North West from around Gates 5 & 6 to the back of JP stage.

However as Boris has said, they don't seem to mind as long as your respectful of the land & livestock and are aware of the rather large machinery. One time when I was there out of season, a farmhand stopped to ask me, very politely, not to go into a couple fields which of course I observed.

Take any litter home with you.

Visitors most common saying - "Hang on, is this where the x/y/z stall was?"


I thought that that was the Act that Boris was referring to rather than it be applicable to Worthy Farm etc specifically. Deep down I thought I'd get it wrong because the legislation is too mind bending to be comprehended by this little brain. Ho hum.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 12:15 PM

We parked at what would normally be the coach drop off. We had earlier rung the festival office to make sure that it was ok for us to go down and also the best way to get onto the actual farm. We walked down a path that would take you behind the JP stage, then along the bottom where you would pass the Vanity Van etc towards the Pyramid stage. The dance village was all wheat. Bizzare!
Remember that alot of the festival site itself belongs to other farmers, and one field that we walked up to actually had a sign saying it was private land and no tresspassers allowed.
We had to climb over a locked gate to get into what would be the Pyramid stage field,(the office had said that this was ok) but once we were in you could pretty much get anywhere,around the farm, however one of two of the fields were very overgrown, and a couple had wheat that was yet to be harvested so obviously these were off limits.
Best advice really is first ring up the festival office and make sure its ok that you can go. Respect the farm and the Eavis living quarters and also that of other farmers.