Watch: Cyclist films 15 miles of traffic jams outside Glastonbury Festival

The rider's footage shows the lengthy queues of people trying to gain access to Britain's biggest music festival

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Glastonbury Festival kicked off on Wednesday, but many revellers had to wait for hours to get on site due to heavy traffic jams on the roads leading to the site.

Local cyclist Mike Jefferies went out for a lunchtime ride from Shepton Mallet to Glastonbury on Wednesday and recorded the ride on an action-cam.

The sped-up footage, which was featured on the ITV News West Country website and social media channels, shows the stationary queue of vehicles which had not been able to reach the festival.

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As a result of the hold-ups #glastonburytraffic was soon trending on Twitter in the UK, with some people claiming to have been staring at tail lights for 12 hours.

Another reported consequence was the delay of some local school children on their way to lessons.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms have turned the festival mega-site into a mud bath, so leaving could prove even tougher than arriving.