St Winefried's Pilgrimage 2017

Day 10: Bangor to Conwy

Most of this days walk is on one of the Wales Coast path variants so we have the benefit of its waymarks.. We begin the longest walk of the pilgrimage by climbing out of the city over the "Bangor Mountain" which is not really a mountain, don't worry. Soon after our Eucharist at St Cross Church, we pick up the coast path, and the rest of the morning is very flat as we stay close to the shoreline. It is a lovely wide view over the flats for many miles to the cafes beside the sea, and back to Beaumaris Castle on Anglesey. We are free to find our own lunchspot in the small town of Llanfairfechan. After lunch, we head up through the town, with a prayer stop, then steadily climb up on to the mountain side as we approach the part of the Snowdonia National Park which gets closest to the north Wales coast. Whilst we are at a good height it is mostly grassy paths with an enormous view as far as Liverpool on a clear day. If the weather is appalling there are trains and buses from the lunch stop. Our afternoon drinks stop is at the Sychnant pass then it's a gentle gradient down into Conwy for our well-earned rest day. We don't climb to the top of any mountains but we do reach the highest point of the pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 10

loading the van but Polish Pilgrims pack the car to go home. John Chenery

Alison's white catering van has replaced Bruce's black one. John Chenery

View of Bangor John Chenery

The end of our pilgrimage eucharist in the newer St Cross church, Tal-y-bont John Chenery

Tea in the older church, now used as the hall. John Chenery

My fellow backmarkers and the support team head back past the newer church John Chenery

Beautiful coastal walking John Chenery

Jim and Rae with Penrhyn Castle behind. At the time, I convinced myself that this was Beaumaris Castle, as I was expecting to be able to see that castle today. Beaumaris Castle would have been far further away on the far side of the Menai Strait on Anglesey, and further to the right, and it doesn't have any really high bits that "stick out". John Chenery

The Village Inn, Llanfairfechan, which does no food on Mondays so kindly let us eat our own. John Chenery

Others ate in one of the seafront cafes. John Chenery

St Mary's and Christchurch, Llanfairfechan John Chenery

Looking back at thia morning's route along the shoreline. John Chenery

Backmarkers taking a break. Every other day was windy but today at 1200ft almost no wind. John Chenery

Pony on the ridge John Chenery

View of the Great Orme John Chenery

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Here we stay, at St Marys. Pity log fire not alive. Edward Stork

Pilgrims near to sleeping quarters Edward Stork

Pilgrims reaction on sleeping quarters ,so near Edward Stork

Conwy Castle in sight John Chenery