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 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