Friday night Pilgrimage Storytelling Event followed by a 2 day pilgrimage from Cardiff to Penrhys on Sat 17th and Sun 18th September.
The celebration weekend starts with Pilgrim's Tales - A Storytelling Evening with Chandrika Joshi, Anne Lord and Steve Killick on Friday 16th September at 7.00 PM at Llandaff Parish Hall (between Chapel Street and Llandaff Car Park (High Street - CF5 2DZ). Chandrika is a Storyteller and, also, a Hindu Princess based in Cardiff. She will be performing her show 'Tonfanau Tales' which tells of her arrival as a refugee from Uganda as a child and how she was housed with her family at Penrhys and Tonfanau Camp, near Tywyn. Also, Anne Lord and Steve Killick will be telling poems and stories.
Saturday 17th - Stage 1: Llandaff to Llantrisant: we gather at 9am at Llandaff Cathedral (CF5 2LA) for a pilgrim blessing and visit to St Teilo's holy well before we set off on our 6.5 mile walk to Groesfaen where a lunch is included at the Dynevor Arms. In the afternoon we continue our journey along the medieval pilgrimage route to our destination at the 14th century Guildhall at Llantrisant (CF72 8EE). Transport will be provided for those who need it to bring pilgrims back to Llandaff Cathedral by approx 5pm. Total walking today 10.5 miles.
Sunday 18th - Stage 2: Llantrisant to Penrhys: We meet at 9am at Heol y Sarn free car park, Gwaunruperra Rd, Llantrisant, CF72 8QQ (this is only 200 metres from the Bullring). We make our way on foot to Tonyrefail. We stop at the Farmers Arms in Trebanog where lunch will be provided. We will need the fortification for the last part of the route this afternoon heading first for Dinas and then to Penrhys. Here we can enjoy the beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary and the holy well together with the hospitality of the Llanfair Uniting Church. After tea and cakes and presentation of completion certificates, transport will be provided back to Llantrisant Leisure Centre. Total walking today 10.5 miles.
Our expert guides Iain Tweedale and Christine Smith from Guided Pilgrimage - a not-for-profit travel company specialising in pilgrimage experiences in Wales - will lead us on both days, stopping on the way to point out key places on the route and to reflect on the meaning of pilgrimage both in the past and in the modern day.
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Llanfair Uniting Church
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What To Bring
Please can you bring the following:
- Day pack
- Dress in layers to suit the weather
- Waterproof protection
- Water (1 litre) and snacks / fruit (energy bars etc)
- Walking boots or walking shoes (there are sometimes muddy sections that will make trainers very wet)
- Camera / phone
- Stick or pilgrim staff (optional)
21 miles / 34 kms
Maximum Size Of Group
£60 - 2 day ticket including storytelling; OR £40 - 1 day ticket including storytelling; OR £10 - storytelling only
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