The Call of St Davids

Hills to the Holy Wells

IN BRIEF:

  • Some fantastic walking starting in the Preseli Mountains (officially ‘hills’ but referred to locally as ‘mountains’!), suggested source of the bluestones of the inner circle of Stonehenge.  Dramatic scenery from the heights before we drop down via Letterston and then through rural Pembrokeshire on little known, quiet paths to reach the coast.  Here we walk the final few miles along the famous Coastal Path to arrive at St Davids.
  • Phil Cope author of ‘The Living Wells of Wales’ and a leading authority on holy wells, will join us for the last day of the April departure.
  • Mileage is 12 miles / 11 miles / 12 miles / 9 miles over the 4 days walking (total: 44 miles / 70 kms)
  • Accommodation is simple dormitory hostel style or local inn / b&b.
  • Most food included (just two pub suppers not included).

DESCRIPTION:

DAY 01 – Short local walk:  We meet this afternoon in Carmarthen or at the spendidly sited Ffald y Brenin, a peaceful retreat in the heart of the Preseli Mountains.  Even though this is a Christian Centre, our pilgrimage is designed for people of any faith or no faith and we are welcome to stay there.

 

DAY 02 – 12 miles /  19 kms:  We are transferred from Ffald y Brenin over the Presilis to Crymych from where we walk back to the Retreat Centre.  The trail today is predominantly up but not overly steep ascents.  Todays route is a stunning walking with cairns, stone circles, King Arthur’s grave and hill forts thrown in for good measure!  We reach Ffald y Brenin for our second night’s stay. 

 

DAY 03 – 11 miles / 18 kms:  After a hearty breakfast, we continue our trail through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to reach Pontfaen where we leave the park.  A mix of terrain as we drop down and our trail is along mountain tracks and quiet roads.  We reach Letterston in the late afternoon and our b&b accommodation. Throughout our time walking together we will share stories of ancient Celtic times and nature’s secrets bringing the countryside to life.

 

DAY 04 – 12 miles / 19 kms:  Breakfast and then we are off through totally different scenery today in rural Pembrokeshire.  Our route is on little used footpaths through farmland and along quiet roads. Our endpoint today is the delightful 13th Century Pilgrims Church at Llanhowel where we have a little time to  rest.  Overnight in Hostel accommodation near St Davids.

 

DAY 05 – 9 miles / 14 kms:  This is an amazing day!  We transfer back to Llanhowel for the final walk into St Davids.  But before we get there we have some incredible treats in store with visits to some very special holy wells, the idyllic harbour and town of Solva, the world famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path, then St Non’s Chapel as the precursor for our arrival at St David’s Cathedral.  And I am delighted to announce that on the April departure, we will be joined for this day’s walking by Phil Cope, author of Living Wells of Wales, full of interesting information and storytelling.

 

DAY 06:  After breakfast, we will transfer you back to Carmarthen to meet up once again with your car or connect with other transport. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Services of a qualified Lowland Walk Leader Guide and outdoor First Aider
  • The trail starts at Ffald y Brenin and finishes in St Davids and all transport during the walk is included (please see Arrival / Departure details below)
  • Overnight accommodation in dormitory style accommodation or twin rooms and includes bedding and towels.
  • All meals except 2 dinners (Day 3 and 5)
  • Luggage transfers

WHAT’S EXCLUDED:

  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips etc
  • Single supplement (please ask for details)
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage

PRICES AND DEPARTURES

The Call of St Davids

6 Days / 44 Miles (70 Kms)
Departures:    24 – 29 Apr 2020  |  04 – 09 Sep 2020

April Departure: £795.00 pp (includes Phil Cope) – early bird price until 29 Feb 2020: £695 pp
September Departure: £745.00 pp – early bird price until 29 Feb 2020: £595 pp

Single supplement: On request

Please use the buttons below to get in touch for more information or make a booking via our online form.  To avoid disappointment, please check availability before making a booking.

ARRIVAL

The tour starts at Ffald-y-Brenin in the Preseli Mountains (post code SA65 9UA) on the afternoon of the first day of the tour (Fri 24 Apr and Fri 04 Sep).  See below for suggestions on how to get there.

DEPARTURE

The walk ends in St Davids and we will then transfer you back to your vehicle or connect you with public transport out of the area.  See below for departure suggestions.

GETTING TO FFALD-Y-BRENIN

  • Train – If you are travelling by train, please arrange to arrive at Carmarthen station before 2pm and we can collect you and take you to Ffald-y-Brenin. 
  • Megabus – There is a daily Megabus service from London to Carmarthen which also calls at Cardiff and Swansea (timetables here).  The bus gets in around 8pm so you will need an overnight in Carmarthen if choosing this option. 
  • Car – You are not able to leave a vehicle at Ffald-y-Brenin but you can leave your vehicle either in Fishguard where there is a large free car park at Goodwick or in Crymych where again there is a free car park.  You can see details on the car parks in Pembrokeshire information. From either place we can arrange a transfer for you or you can take a taxi (both would cost in the region +/- £20). Alternatively you can leave your car in Carmarthen (ask us for low cost car park details) and connect with the 2pm pick up from the station. 

LEAVING ST DAVIDS

  • Train – If you are travelling by train, we can return you to Carmarthen station.  Please arrange transport after 2pm.
  • Megabus – There is a daily Megabus service from Carmarthen to London which also calls at Cardiff and Swansea (timetables here).  The bus departs Carmarthen at 10am so you will need an overnight in Carmarthen if choosing this option.  We can transfer you to Carmarthen. 
  • Car – If you have left your vehicle in either Fishguard or Crymych, we will be able to arrange a transfer or taxi for you (approx £30 either option). If you have left your car in Carmarthen we can transfer you back to the station arriving by 2pm.  

In the planning stages:

  • One day pilgrimages
  • North Wales
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Religious Pilgrimages

Further details will be posted here soon.

Your Own Private Pilgrimage

At Guided Pilgrimage, we are happy to design a guided walk (multi-day or single day) around a destination of your choice.  Just let us know your group size, preferred destination (or we can help you choose a suitable one) and walk duration and we will be happy to put something together for you.

This might be particularly suitable for someone who wants their own private experience or a spiritual leader / personal development coach or facilitator who wants to explore more with a group in the outdoors but does not have the required qualifications / insurance to do so.  With us looking after the walk and living arrangements on the trip, the leader is able to concentrate on the rest of the content.

We can also include speakers or demonstrations from craftsmen/women en route from many walks of life to enable you to offer something uniquely different to your group.  Do get in touch if this is of interest.

 

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