Pilgrim Places of Pen Llŷn, North Wales
Monday April 30th - Friday May 4th
£375 for single occupancy, discounted to £345 for a shared room.
"....... In cities that have outgrown their promise people are becoming pilgrims again, if not to this place, then to the recreation of it in their own spirits...."
These lines are from "The moon in Llyn" by RS Thomas, who was inspired by the landscape of the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales. Where we too can be pilgrims again, coming from our towns and cities to journey to the ancient places and recreate for ourselves new spiritual depths.
This is holy ground. For centuries people of faith have journeyed along the peninsula towards the farthest point west and the setting sun, in hope of reaching the sacred island of Bardsey (Enlli in Welsh) 'the island of resurrection'. A 'thin place' between heaven and earth. In more recent times regarded as a place of restoration, renewal, recovery. All being well with a fair wind and tides in our favour, we will visit during this holiday.
The ancient pilgrim churches and wells that we will visit are built of stones infused with the prayers of the past, still standing to offer sanctuary, peace and healing to the world-weary traveller.
Walks and Excursions
Clynnog Fawr the medieval abbey (1290) and sacred well, mentioned in the legends of the Kingdoms of Wales, where we start our pilgrim week together.
St Cybi's Well a place of renowned healing in ancient and more recent times. Walk distance 2 miles.
Lôn Coed a 'cathedral of trees' where 'God is in the throat of a bird' in springtime. Walk distance, 2 miles.
Bardsey Island (Enlli) 'there is an island there is no going to except in a boat, the way the saints went....' With its colony of resident seals and spring migratory birds, 'there is no time on this island' just the 'pendulum of the tide'. We include a walk of 3 miles.
Mynydd Mawr (Big Mountain) with panoramic views of Bardsey Island to the west, Snowdonia National Park to the north and east, Cardigan bay to the south. We drive to the summit.
Aberdaron & St Hywyn's Church on the seashore. The last stop for pilgrims before crossing to Bardsey island, and the parish of RS Thomas, poet & priest. Walk in his footsteps in the landscape which inspired his poetry. Walk distance 6 miles with a short climb.
St Beuno's medieval pilgrim church with rushes on the floor, a fish pond to feed the pilgrims and holy ground with healing herbs for the sick. Walk distance 1 mile.
(The walks are graded short in length with easy-moderate terrain)
George IV Hotel Criccieth: AA*** Includes cooked breakfast, dinner and fresh picnic lunches made to order. "Very Good" reviews on TripAdvisor and Bookings.com. Within walking distance of the beach, enjoy an early morning walk or evening stroll. Our group will have the benefit of occasional use of a private lounge. Single, twin and double rooms available.
By train to Bangor Railway Station, pick up in the minibus at 1:30pm or if travelling by car, meet at Clynnog Fawr Abbey at 2pm, before travelling on to Criccieth, in time for dinner. Return to Bangor Railway Station on Friday by 1pm
Susan Fogarty (+44 (0)1758 703039) and Marion Clutterbuck. See Susan speaking to Aled Jones on Songs of Praise about pilgrimage at www.st-hywyn.org