monks' trail in ceredigion

Monks’ Trail

4 days / 3 nights
Regular departures and private groups

We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
T S Eliot (1888 – 1965)

Monks’ Trail in Ceredigion

IN BRIEF

  • A Celtic rural pilgrimage from the sea to the 12th Century Cistercian monastic ruin at Strata Florida.
  • Visits to Llanddewi Brefi, famous as the site of St David rising above the crowd (and inspiration for Little Britain ‘only gay in the village’!)
  • Visit the old drovers town of Tregaron.
  • Stay full board in local hostelry and self-catering accommodation (all meals provided).

This pilgrimage passes through some of the most delightful scenery in West Wales.  It is about spending time in the natural world in two different river valleys, the life blood of the Celtic landscape, climbing from the sea to the highlands and discovering the wonder of a 12th Century Cistercian Monastery, an important Welsh historical site.

The walking is not difficult although some of the days are 18 kms/11 miles but we get off early and take our time en route.  

inside a church
wooden bridge
lawns and ruined building

Description

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Day 01: Arrive

Lunchtime arrival in Lampeter*.  Orientation walk this afternoon from the pretty coastal town of Aberaeron along the disused railtrack bed to Llanerchaeron in the Aeron Valley. (5 kms/3 miles)

Two nights local guesthouse near Lampeter (or similar)

* Please note that transfers can be arranged from either Aberystwyth or Carmarthen

Day 02: Aeron Valley

Our walk today starts in the picturesque Aeron Valley at the National Trust property of Llanerchaeron from where we walk initially above the River Aeron and then beside it through fields to reach Talsarn.  A short while after Talsarn, our route rises through farms and fields to reach our overnight accommodation. (18 kms/11 miles)


Day 03: Teifi Valley

Our route today takes us through forest paths and quiet country roads to Llanddewi Brefi, place of St Davids miracle of rising above the crowd.  We then continue towards Tregaron via quiet roads, farm tracks and across farm and moor land.  (18 kms/11 miles)

Overnight in Tregaron

Day 04: Cistercian Monastery / Depart

Depending on the makeup of our group, weather, etc, we walk today past abandoned farms and over moorland, or go via the wetland nature reserve of Cors Caron.  We arrive in plenty of time for an exploration of the remains of the 12th Century Cistercian Monastery at Strata Florida, our final destination. Afternoon transfer back to Lampeter* for your departure.  (11 kms/7 miles)

Our day finishes around 3pm today and you may wish to head home or you may wish to stay another night in Tregaron.  Please get in touch if you would like us to book you an additional night.  

* Please note that transfers can be arranged to either Aberystwyth, Carmarthen or Lampeter

route map

Monks’ Trail

Departures:
8th – 11th May 2021
(Other dates are scheduled.  Please contact us for more details.)

Small Group: Up to 8 pilgrims plus guide

Price:
£575.00 pp in twin share
£645.00 pp in single

Includes:

Christine Smith, a local guide with expert knowledge of the area will be with the group throughout

Transport to the start and finish points of each day’s walk

Overnight accommodation in good quality local hostelries or self-catering accommodation. All bedding and towels provided

Full board apart from casual refreshments

Entrance fees

Excludes:

Casual refreshments, drinks and tips

Travel Insurance (please take out your own travel insurance policy)

Travel to/from Lampeter for start/end of trip. 

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