Journeys 2018

Stones, Rivers and Islands: Pembrokeshire, Wales

Date

Thursday 26th - Monday 30th July

Nights

4

Cost

£460 with each person in a single room.

Description

This holiday is all about pausing from our busy daily lives to take time to listen for God out in the glorious hills, woodlands and islands of Pembrokeshire and also to listen for God within ourselves where we will learn about and practice silent prayer and meditation.

We'll look at Celtic concepts of time and we'll follow some of John O'Donohue's writings on the meanings of water as we follow the water cycle from the springs of the Preseli Hills down fast-flowing streams to estuaries where fresh and salt waters mingle with the daily cycle of the tides. Then we'll travel by boat to a beautiful island that has been home to monasteries since the sixth century.

Walks and Excursions

We start in the ancient spiritual lands of the Preseli Hills where we will visit the site where the bluestones of Stonehenge were originally quarried. We follow the water from sacred hillside springs to bubbling brooks that flow down to the sea via wooded valleys. This is a 6 mile walk over rocky terrain that can be wet underfoot so please bring hiking boots.
(The walk is graded medium in length with moderate terrain)

We spend a day walking through the National Trust's Colby Woodland Gardens, visiting the walled garden, tea rooms, art galley and craft shop. This is a 6 mile fairly easy walk with plenty of stops and opportunities for ice creams and cakes on the way. We reach the sea where we spot the monastic island of Caldey on the horizon.
(The walk is graded medium in length with easy terrain)

The next day we take a boat trip to Caldey Island, weather permitting, to see the working Cistercian Abbey and visit the churches some of which date back 1500 years. The island is home to community of Trappist monks, a chocolate factory, perfumery and rich wildlife from seals to Oystercatcher, Kittiwakes and red squirrels.
(The walk is graded short in length with easy terrain)

Accommodation

We'll be staying at a cozy self-catering cottage in the former fishing village of Llangwm with its ancient church built on Celtic foundations which is home to a unique 'talking tapestry' that explains the rich history of the area.

Getting there

Please arrive during the afternoon of 26th July in time for a guided tour of the beautiful former fishing village of Llangwm at 4pm. The village has everything we need from a small shop and post office through to pub and the parish church on the green opposite our accommodation. For people arriving by train the nearest station is Haverfordwest, the county town of Pembrokeshire. We'll be making a collection from the station at 11am and 2pm. If you're booking return tickets home, please don't plan to leave before lunchtime on Monday 30th July.

Contact

Iain Tweedale (+44 (0)7904 042976) or at tweedale.iain@gmail.com and Robin Westwood