A Pilgrims Route for North Wales

27 February 2012

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North Wales Pilgrim's Way. Copyright © Ron Williams.North Wales Pilgrim's Way. Copyright © Ron Williams.

Wild Wales – with the wind in your hair, the mountains rising up before you and the roar of the sea below you, the 21st century pilgrim can reconnect with the wonder of this ancient land.

To go on pilgrimage is to set aside time to wander and wonder.

A route across North Wales from East to West, ending on Enys Enlli/Bardsey Island has recently been established.

In North Wales since Medieval times, pilgrimages have been made to four important religious centres – Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), Gwytherin, a remote area of North Wales , Clynnog Fawr near Caernarfon and St Winefride’s Well in Holywell.

The route starts at Basingwerk Abbey, a 13th Century Cistercian Abbey on the Dee Estuary.

Basingwerk Abbey. Copyright © Mike Costello.

Basingwerk Abbey. Copyright © Ron Williams.

The walk first goes through the Greenfield Heritage Park to St Winefride’s Well. A place of pilgrimage since the 7th Century.

St Winefride's Well. Copyright © Ron Williams.

Maen Achwyfan, a mysterious religious cross. Coypright © Ron Williams.

Church at Gwytherin, the final resting place of St Winefride. Copyright © Mike Costello.

Llangelynnins Church is a tiny remote 12th Century church and well, high above the Conwy Valley. Copyright © Ron Williams.

Stone Circles in the hills high above Penmaenmawr, North Wales Pilgrim's Way. Copyright © Mike Costello.

Aber Falls, a waterfall with a drop of over 500ft (130 metres). Copyright © Mike Costello.

St Beuno’s Chapel - the College has links with Gerard Manley Hopkins. Copyright © Mike Costello.

Enys Enlli/Bardsey Island – the island of 20,000 saints and the pilgrims’destination. Copyright © Mike Costello.

Bardsey Island (view from mountain). Copyright © Mike Costello.

Click here to visit the website and learn more about the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way: http://www.pilgrims-way-north-wales.org/


Post by Ron Williams, Secretary, North Wales Pilgrim’s Way.

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