St Davids and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, Wales
Tuesday 19th to Monday 25th June
£595 for single occupancy, discounted to £520 for a shared room
Ffald-y-Brenin (a place synonymous with the best-selling book The Grace Outpouring) lies in the beautiful Gwaun valley, east of the coastal town of Fishguard. There is an abundance of wildlife, birds and flowers, and a small Beehive Chapel with a rock formation rising out of the stone floor - a true bedrock, part of the hillside itself...
But mention of Ffald-y-Brenin is to race on... Our journey begins in the city of St Davids, in reality a small, attractive village. It was here that St David founded a monastery in the sixth century on a promontory pushing out to sea at the furthest point of south west Wales. This isolated foundation became a major centre of Celtic Christianity and an important place of pilgrimage. Today the lovely Cathedral of St David lies in a little valley in what is perhaps the most rural ecclesiastical setting in Britain.
This is a 'thin place' where the boundary between heaven and earth is narrow. It has spiritual connections going back thousands of years with stone circles, Celtic Churches and holy wells occupying the same site.
Walks and Excursions
The St David's peninsula offers magnificent coastal scenery, with superb walking possibilities. We plan two, both from our base at St Non's. The first, west to St Justinian's, overlooking the Sound of Ramsey, the second east to the pretty harbour of Solva.
(Both walks are coastal and graded medium in length with moderate terrain)
We'll visit the Cathedral, St Non's holy well and the place where St David was born - on a cliff top during a raging storm!On Thursday, we take the ferry to the nature reserve island of Ramsey with its dramatic cliffs, heaths and seabirds. Ramsey Island is also the place where St Justinian, a Breton, built his cell in about the year 500. The island is a peaceful place with a wonderfully spiritual atmosphere... stand for a moment, let the breeze gently brush over you, notice the sheep grazing by the dry-stone wall, the sea; moving, shining, living...
On Saturday morning, we drive a little way north to Ffald-y-Brenin. During our short time in this profoundly spiritual place we will explore the hills behind the house and the valley below, but there will also be time to simply sit and 'be'...
(Walks at Ffald-y-Brenin are graded short in length with moderate terrain)
Four nights at St Non's Retreat House near St David's - a large 1930's house with terraced lawns and Chapel in the grounds and wonderful views out to sea - and two nights at Ffald-y-Brenin. Meals are provided at both locations. We help clear tables and make pack lunches.Single and twin Rooms are available.
Please arrive at St Non's from 3 p.m. Car parking is available. We can pick up from Haverfordwest Railway Station during the afternoon, if preferred.
David Gleed (+44 (0)789 628 5839) and Sue Peachey.