The Way of St David
The Way of St David
5 days / 4 nights
Regular departures and private groups
“At the back of our brains, so to speak, there is a forgotten blaze or burst of astonishment at our own existence. The object of the artistic and spiritual life is to dig for this submerged sunrise of wonder.” G K Chesterton (1874 – 1936)
THE WAY OF ST DAVID
- 50 kms/31 miles pilgrimage to St Davids on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (17km/11 mile hikes for 3 days)
- Clifftop walks, deserted beaches and sweeping hilltop views
- Enter into the landscapes that have influenced great poetry, writing and music, engaging your own creative imagination.
- Reflections, poems and readings on the way with Iain Tweedale, our local guide and writer
- Beautiful wildlife and landscapes
- 5000 year old burial chambers, Celtic chapels, holy wells and the great Norman cathedral of St Davids
- Pilgrimage Completion certificates authorised by the Cathedral
In 1123 when pilgrims could no longer travel to Jerusalem because of the Crusades the Pope suggested two other destinations instead – Santiago in Spain and St Davids in Wales. If you’ve done the Camino in Spain or you have just a few days to spare, this Creative Camino in Wales will be just right for you.
The Pembrokeshire National Path Coast Path is described by Lonely Planet as the finest coast path in the world. The remote north coast route from Fishguard to St Davids has also inspired generations of poets, writers and artists to express what the landscape and the route to St Davids means to them. As we enter into the old Celtic rhythms of the tides and seasons our minds still and we sense the world around us in a whole new way. Experience the inspiration of the land and experience a bigger reality as we follow in the footsteps of Celtic saints and pilgrims on the way to the Medieval cathedral of St David – the patron saint of Wales.
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Day 01: Arrive
Arrive in Llangwm by 3pm. Pickups from Haverfordwest Station or Fishguard station and ferryport (if arriving from Ireland) are available. Introduction and evening waterside walk. Four nights in single rooms with shared facilities in a former fisherman’s cottage or in single en-suite rooms in nearby hotel if Covid regulations prevent shared accommodation. Evening waterside stroll.
Day 02: Fishguard via Llanwnda to Garn Fawr
Coast path walk from Fishguard Harbour to the Celtic church at Llanwnda with its holy well and nearby neolithic burial chamber. Past the site of the last invasion of Britain in 1797, we discover hidden coves and the lighthouse at Strumble Head. Then onto the volcanic hill of Garn Fawr with a hermit’s cell and sweeping views west to St Davids and north over the sea to Ireland. We finish the day with the famous poem if Pwll Deri, inspired by the crashing waves and high cliffs. (16km/10 miles).
Day 03: Garn Fawr to Porthgain
Clifftop and beach walks on this most rugged and wild Celtic landscape. Rocky headlands, seabirds and maybe seals and the occasional dolphin too. We stop at Carreg Samson – a 4000 year old burial chamber near Abercastle and then walk on to Trefin the birthplace of two Archruids of Wales and the inspiration for the haunting poem – Melin Trefin. We complete our 17km (11 mile) walk at the beautiful Porthgain harbour with its intriguing nineteenth century history.
Day 04: Porth Gain to St Davids
We continue on the coast path to Abereiddy, with its ‘Blue lagoon’ used for international cliff diving competitions and then we head towards the peak of Carn Llidi where legend has it St Patrick was given his mission to Ireland by angel. We visit the site of the sixth century St Patrick’s chapel at Whitesands beach before completing the pilgrimage by walking into the smallest city in Britain – St Davids where we visit the shrine of the saint and receive our pilgrimage completion certificiates. (16km/10miles).
Day 05: Story Sharing and Depart
Morning waterside walk and sharing of stories before transfer to Haverfordwest/Fishguard Ferry port for train/ferry connections or to be reunited with your vehicle.
The Way of St David
22nd – 26th August 2021
26th – 30th September 2021
(Other dates are scheduled. Please contact us for more details.)
Small Group: up to 6 pilgrims plus guide
£795 pp in twin share
£895 pp in single
Iain Tweedale, a local guide with expert knowledge of the area will be with the group throughout
Transport to and from Haverfordwest/Fishguard Station. We stay in one place each night and provide transport to start and finish points for each day’s walk.
Single rooms with shared facilities in a former fisherman’s cottage or single en-suite rooms if Covid regulations prevent shared accommodation. All bedding and towels provided.
Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Casual refreshments, drinks and tips
Travel to Haverfordwest prior to start of holiday and travel home from Haverfordwest after end of holiday
Travel Insurance (please take out your own travel insurance policy)