Links & Resources
Cymru Sanctaidd/Sacred Wales
Link URL: http://www.sacredwales.org.uk
The churches and chapels of Wales are some of the most beautiful religious buildings anywhere in the world. Now, Sanctaidd - Sacred Wales, is giving you the opportunity to choose your favourite.
Peaceful Places (North Ceredigion)
Link URL: http://www.peaceful-places.com
Peaceful Places tells the stories of a collection of churches and chapels across North Ceredigion. It is not a faith trail in the traditional sense. Its purpose is to celebrate the heritage of each church and chapel in ways that are relevant to everyone, irrespective of religious beliefs. It encourages visitors to experience churches and chapels from new perspectives - as places of inspiration and meditation; as opportunities to “do something different” and enjoy a change of pace; as destinations where “quality time” can be spent amidst the beauty and tranquillity of the landscape.
Meini Bywiol Living Stones Heirtage Trail (North Montgomeryshire)
Link URL: http://www.living-stones.onfo
Discover a wealth of hidden treasures in 15 remarkable churches and chapels across three valleys of North Montgomeryshire. The leaflet can be downloaded from the site.
Experience unique atmospheres and settings; see achievement and craftsmanship; learn about political and religious exploits; encounter revolutions in architecture, and sense an enduring faith from buildings that remain 'living stones' in the life of their communities.
Rural Conwy Sacred DoorwaysTrails
This trail links together some of the most interesting churches and chapels in the small towns and villages across the Conwy Valley. Grouped in four clusters, they can be explored either by travelling by car or by using the designated walking routes. From saints to sinners, princes to pilgrims, and bards to bandits, the trail guides the visitor through thousands of years of history. Some of the churches are in prominent positions in the landscape, others are a little harder to find, perhaps nestling beside a meandering river, down a remote country lane, or even at the top of a mountain. Each church and chapel on the trail has a unique story to tell, and hidden treasures to find. A pdf of the booklet can be downloaded from the site.
South Merioneth Church Trail
The Church Trail booklet is available to download as a PDF from the site.
The trail goes from Barmouth to Machynlleth via Dolgellau and Tywyn, 23 churches in all. All the churches are on OS OL23 Explorer Map Cadair Idris, with Grid references after each entry.
Hillwalk Tours - Camino de Santiago
Hillwalk Tours design self-guided hiking tours in Ireland, Scotland, England and along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. They will soon be offering tours for 2018 along the final 160km of the famous Camino Frances trail - the most popular route of the Camino de Santiago. Details not yet available but you can sign up for the waiting list through this page on their website.
Link URL: http://www.peakpilgrimage.org.uk
The Peak Pilgrimage is a long distance footpath walk designed to be enjoyed by all. There are higher mountains, steeper tracks and greater walking challenges in other parts of Britain, but this walk in the Peak District National Park is relaxing, accessible and soul-restorative. It is a journey for anyone who likes walking but is also a pilgrimage walk designed as a spiritual experience.
North Wales Pilgrim's Way
Link URL: http://www.pilgrims-way-north-wales.org
The North Wales Pilgrim' Way runs from Basingwerk Abbey to Ynys Enlli/Bardsey. There is full information on the site about routes, places, etc with downloads available. An Annual Pilgrimage takes place at the end of May and everyone is welcome to join the group at any stage of the pilgrimage.
Facebook page: North Wales Pilgrim's Way
R S Thomas Literary Festival, Aberdaron
Link URL: http://www.rsthomaspoetry.co.uk
The annual RS Thomas Literary Festival celebrates RS Thomas in the Welsh seaside town where he was vicar and wrote some of his best poetry. The 2018 Festival will be from 29th June to 1st July 2018, with speakers from America and a special one day event of music inspired by Thomas’s poetry in Bangor Cathedral. Look out for further details on the website in due course.
Link URL: http://www.journeying.co.uk
Journeying is an ecumenical organisation which takes small groups on holiday in an informal Christian ambience to the more off-the-beaten-track parts of Britain and Ireland. Its origins lie in Celtic spirituality and most of the trips still reflect that approach. Pilgrimage has been part of the story from the earliest days and that aspect continues to form a thread woven through all that they do.
"Our purpose is to provide inspiring holidays that enable people to venture out, leave the ‘every-day’ - and connect with God in creation, in each other and in ourselves."