St Winefried's Pilgrimage 2017

Day 14: St Asaph to Pantasaph

St Asaph lies in the Vale of Clwyd, but between St Asaph and Pantasaph stands the formidable Clwydian Range of hills. The morning walk crosses the Vale and slowly climbs these hills, pausing at St Beuno's for respite, before joining Offa's Dyke Path to traverse the top. From here there are magnificent views. Leaving the long-distance path, a gentler descent takes us past Plas Pen Ucha, home of the Liberal MP Sir John Herbert Lewis to the Piccadilly Inn in the village of Caerwys for lunch (pronounced Care-wiss). After lunch, a shorter walk across farmland via a former race-course and over the original Offa's Dyke (far from the path that takes its name) brings us within sight of Pantasaph Friary, which must be approached by road to safely cross the A55. The final route is pleasing and varied; the morning tough, the afternoon gentle. The measured distance is 11.5 miles, but with the many stiles, hilly terrain and mud underfoot, feels like 13 miles.


Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 14


Lady pilgrims,waiting for today's walk to start. Edward Stork


Look what you are missing Abbey Edward Stork


St. Asaph Cathedral Danny Thomas


Window of St Asaph Cathedral Edward Stork


St. Asaph Cathedral cemetery Danny Thomas


Onwards and upwards out of St. Asaph Danny Thomas


St Beuno's college Edward Stork


Inside St Beuno's chapel Edward Stork


Never ending, green green grass of Wales Edward Stork


Mark outside St. Beuno's Danny Thomas


Side chapel in St. Beuno's Retreat Centre Danny Thomas


Snowdonia in distant west Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)


Lovely smaller spaces too. Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)


Lunch time.me happy Edward Stork


my lunch Danny Thomas


If you can find the invisible door to the Ladies in the Piccadilly Inn you will find some interesting sink taps i Bernie Magee


steep climb Danny Thomas


Rae almost over yet another stile Bernie Magee


Mark with bales of hay Danny Thomas


Straw not hay! John Chenery


Back markers will be pleased with this, COUGH Edward Stork


our accommodation tonight in Pantasaph Danny Thomas


my bed space next to Mark Danny Thomas


You decide,which is best for the pilgrimage Edward Stork


You decide,on the person with the heaviest luggage and most socks.giggle Edward Stork


The devotional end of the Pilgrimage Hall at Pantasaph. John Chenery


You caught my sleeping bag in that picture - bottom right Danny Thomas