St Winefried's Pilgrimage 2017

Day 15: Pantasaph to Holywell

This is a gentle morning's walk from Pantasaph into our pilgrimage destination, St Winefride's Well on the outskirts of Holywell. We have a short climb on leaving the friary but soon find ourselves walking through fields with beautiful views of the Dee estuary. We make a stop at the ruins of Basingwerk Abbey which has a visitor centre and café before approaching Holywell from the north-east through the town's heritage park.


Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 15


Statue of St. Padre Pio in our accommodation Danny Thomas


Stuart relaxing before back marking. Edward Stork


Pilgrim Hall Pantasaph Friary John Chenery


St David's Church at Pantasaph, where we had our service yesterday evening. John Chenery


Today's backmarkers John Chenery


Looking back to those Clwydian Hills which we crossed yesterday. John Chenery


John Chenery


Looking across to the Wirral peninsula and beyond that the Lancashire coast where we walked on the 2014 pilgrimage John Chenery


The end of the Wirral peninsula and an orange arrow that doesn't show up very well John Chenery


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panoramic view of the Dee Estuary Danny Thomas


John Chenery


Tree. John Chenery


Reading about the industrial heritage of what is now called the Greenfield Valley. Copper mining was big here. John Chenery


The ruins of Basingwerk Abbey. John Chenery


Display about the North Wales Pilgrims Way which starts here. We have seen much of this. John Chenery


Some pilgrims have found the cafe. John Chenery


Francis gives final prayer stop at Basingwerk Abbey. Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)


Prayer stop. Francis talks about Yew Trees. John Chenery


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final prayer stop of the pilgrimage Danny Thomas


Jim has a feather or two in his hat Bernie Magee


"Let's all walk as one group for the final mile." Have you tried herding cats? John Chenery


We've arrived at St Winefride's Well in Holywell. John Chenery


Viewing the exhibition. John Chenery


Maurice takes a dip in the holy water. John Chenery


Maurice dipping in the well Danny Thomas


John Chenery


"The Lourdes of Wales" St. Winefride's Well Danny Thomas


Jim contemplating Danny Thomas


Colin healing his legs Danny Thomas


Stained glass of St Winefride and he uncle St Beuno - see the scar in her neck where he had reattached her severed head John Chenery


Gathered for the daily public service at the holy well itself, which feeds the bathing pool. John Chenery


The Well Danny Thomas


above the well Danny Thomas


Group photo by the pool John Chenery


John Chenery


Leaving the shrine for now (some of us will be back in the afternoon) John Chenery


Looking back to the tower of St James' Church above the shrine. John Chenery


Processing to the Catholic Church John Chenery


into the church John Chenery


St Winefride's RC Church, Holywell: the venue for our arrival service. John Chenery


gathering for final service Danny Thomas


Fr. David Danny Thomas


Leader Francis Danny Thomas


Our arrival service. Here Chris prays for the places visited on the 2 days led by the St Ann's Wanderers John Chenery


Playing the final hymn at the end of the arrival service John Chenery


Tonight we are staying in St Peter's Church, Holywell John Chenery


boots off! Danny Thomas


floral Danny Thomas


a windmill sans vanes in front of St. Peter's church Danny Thomas


Unloading the van. John Chenery


The pilgrims are claiming their bedspaces but a band is using the hall to practise. "Just want to dance the night away." John Chenery


Now it's Status Quo's Caroline John Chenery


local band rehearsing at our accommodation at St. Peter's church Danny Thomas


walking another 500 miles! Danny Thomas


Drying off after bathing in St Winifride's well Susie Duffy


Susan takes to the water Susie Duffy


In St James' Church, the one with the tower immediately above the well. John Chenery


It's cold Susie Duffy


John C chilling out Susie Duffy


It's Colin's third time Susie Duffy


Janet, Catherine and Marie catching the last rays of the sun Bernie Magee


Queuing for main course at the Celebration Meal. John Chenery


Between courses. John Chenery


Super chef Alison serving pudding to Howard and Maurice. John Chenery


Bernie deciding on what cheese Edward Stork


Coordinator Francis with 3 bottles that the pilgrims presented him with. John Chenery


Well deserved I am sure xx Lesley Brennan


celebrating the end of the pilgrimage Danny Thomas


Sing-song John Chenery


John Chenery


Singalong Edward Stork