North Wales Pilgrims Way
Total distance covered; 69 miles (110kms)
6 days walking, based in Conwy
The North Wales Pilgrim's Way is a 150 miles (240km) route linking Basingwerk Abbey near Holywell to Bardsey Island. It follows in the footsteps of pilgrims who, for centuries, have walked through some of the most remote landscape of North Wales and the length of the Lleyn Peninsula to Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) - the 'Island of 20,000 Saints'. During Medieval times three pilgrimages to Bardsey Island were the equivalent of one pilgrimage to Rome and churches, wells and houses were established to provide shelter and refreshment to Pilgrims following the ancient route. Many of these lesser known and isolated historical and religious sites can still be visited today, on foot through some wonderful unspoilt scenery.
Although the route has been walked for centuries it has only recently been launched and waymarked as a recreational route. We shall be offering the North Wales Pilgrim's Way over two years, giving guests the opportunity to complete the route in manageable stages. The walk scheduled for 2018 will cover the eastern section from Basingwerk Abbey to Abergwyngregyn, with the western section from Abergwyngregyn to Bardsey Island following in 2019. Even if you have no wish to complete the whole route either section is a great walk in its own right.
You can read more about the route and its background on the route's official website.
For 2018 we are offering the 69 mile (110km) eastern section from Basingwerk Abbey near Holywell on the estuary of the River Dee, to Abergwyngregyn, a remote village which lies just to the east of Bangor, and inland from the Menai Strait.
Highlights of this first section of the North Wales Pilgrim's journey will include the graceful ruins of Basingwerk Abbey; the peaceful wells of St Winefride and St Bueno; the Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph; Maen Achwyfan,an early Christian wheel-head cross, beautifully carved and standing some 3.4m high; the Neolithic burial mound at Gop y Goleuni, the second largest artificial mound in Britain (after Silbury Hill); the handsome buildings of St Bueno's College; panoramic views across the Clwydian hills, the 13th century cathedral at St Asaph, with its beautiful stand glass window; the charming ancient church of St Asaph & St Cyndeyrn; the Llangernyw yew tree, reputedly the oldest in wales; the wonderful view down onto Sychnant Pass from Waen Gyrach; the ancient and isolated church of St Celynin, high in the hills above Rowen; the pre-historic stone circle at Cefn Coch; the Roman road through the pass between Drum and Foel Lwyd; the picturesque villages of Llanasa, Llansannan, Gwytherin, Eglwysbach and Rowen; and the historic walled market town of Conwy with its mighty 13th century castle - our base for this holiday.
Day 1: Basingwerk Abbey to Trelawnyd 12 mls (19kms)
Day 2: Trelawnyd to St Asaph 10 mls (16kms)
Day 3: St Asaph to Llansanan 11 mls (18kms)
Day 4: Llansanan to Llangernyw 13 mls (21kms)
Day 5: Llangernyw to Rowen 11 mls (18kms)
Day 6: Rowen to Abergwyngregin 11 mls (18kms)
Currency Converter: All of our prices are in British pounds. To estimate the cost in another currency use the currency converter here.