Way of St David Pilgrimage, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Pembrokeshire - South West Wales
22nd-28th June (full) ; 13th-19th July (full); 17th-23rd August (places available)
£590 for single occupancy, discounted to £490 per person in a shared (double) room. Please note on the booking form the name of the person with whom you will be sharing.
In medieval times the pilgrimage route to St Davids was as important a destination as the Camino in Spain. Indeed, in 1123 the Pope declared that two pilgrimages to St Davids were the equivalent of one to Rome and three to Jerusalem. Thousands of pilgrims from the humblest through to Kings such as William the Conqueror and Henry II made their way to the small city in the remote south west of Wales.
Pilgrimage is a time to pause our lives and take stock. It is an opportunity to get away from the day to day to think about our choices in life, our relationships and maybe to look for deeper meaning. Walking the last 100km of the newly re-established Way of St David in the company of an experienced guide and a small group of like-minded people is an experience that will never be forgotten.
As with all pilgrimages, the journey itself is the destination, but our final destination will also be the recently restored shrine to St David, the patron saint of Wales, located in the beautiful medieval cathedral in the smallest city of Britain. Those who want to can attend a pilgrim's service in the cathedral, and everyone who has completed each stage of the pilgrimage will be eligible to receive their certificate to show they have completed the Way of St David.
Walks and Excursions
For five consecutive days we will walk around 20km (14 miles) on what Lonely Planet describes as the finest coast path in the world. Day one takes us from Llangwm to Gelliswick. Day two is from Gelliswick to St Anne's Head. Day three is from St Anne's Head to St Brides. Day four is from St Brides to Newgale and the last walking day is from Newgale to our destination at St Davids. We will see waves rolling in from Irish Sea, wide sandy beaches, ancient Celtic churches and holy wells. We will walk and talk, sharing stories and meals. We will meditate to the rhythm of our footsteps, and the silence of the glorious surroundings will still our minds and capture our hearts with a spirituality that can only be experienced on pilgrimage.
At 20km each day for five days, the walks are long by normal Journeying standards and should only be attempted if you are fit and are prepared for aching limbs and a maybe a few blisters too. We would strongly recommend that you only come on this holiday if you have trained in advance and are physically capable of long distance walking.
Walks are graded Long (14 miles) with Moderate-Challenging terrain.
Although we will be going on five sequential linear walks, we'll be staying at a single location in a cozy self-catering cottage in the former fishing village of Llangwm. This enables us all to stay in one house together and we can leave our main bags there only having to carry a day bag with us on each stage of the pilgrimage. At the end of each day's walking we are transferred by car back to the cottage for an evening meal and time to discuss the day's experiences. The next morning we will be taken to the re-join the path where we left off the previous day.
Please arrive during the afternoon of 13th July in time for a walk around the beautiful former fishing village of Llangwm at 4pm. 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 2pm. If you're booking return tickets home, we'll be leaving by mid-morning on Friday 19th July.
Iain Tweedale (07904 042976 firstname.lastname@example.org)