St Winefried's Pilgrimage 2017

Day 2: Bangor to Malltraeth

You thought you had booked onto a walking pilgrimage, didn't you? Then the first thing we do is catch a train! It's to avoid having too long a walk on the first day, and also to avoid duplication as when we leave Anglesey on Day 9 we will be walking back over the Menai Bridge into Bangor. We must make sure we leave the 10am parish mass promptly so that we catch that train. It's a quarter of a mile walk and we have to be there by 11.06. Our actual unbroken walk to Holywell commences when we get off the train at one of the most famous railways stations in Britain, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. It's an intriguing walk today, taking in the Anglesey coast path before heading inland and passing a 2000 to 4000 year old burial chamber. There are lovely views of Anglesey and, when ever you care to look backwards, of Snowdonia. The pub we hoped to visit has closed, so will be lunching at a farm shop with cafe. Our final prayer stop puts us in touch with Holywell as St Beuno was the uncle of St Winefride.

Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 2

Norbert and the Polish Pilgrims in the front row in Bangor Cathedral (sorry Jaczek, I didn't capture your best side) John Chenery

I nit-picked this tiling in Bangor Cathedral: the arrow in the top tile (which unfortunately is stained) should be pointing straight up not right; there was another example of the same pattern that was correct John Chenery

back in the cathedral after morning communion John Chenery

Our Lady and St James Bangor - where we will soon join the parishioners for mass John Chenery

Diocese of A&B The walking pilgrimage is underway. Follow for all the action John Chenery

Looking over Bangor Edward Stork

Bangor railway station,entrance Edward storm

Waiting for LLanfairpwll train Edward Stork

But I thought this was a walking pilgrimage. John Chenery

This is where our continuous walk to Holywell starts John Chenery

The shop has the translation John Chenery

While Pilgrims let the train take the strain the drinks car crossed over the Menai Straits by the old suspension bridge Clare Gamble

Eek I am only just in front of the backmarkers John Chenery

Steven and his frontmarkers pressing on from St Edwen's church - the first prayer stop and drinks stop of the pilgrimage John Chenery

Leaving St Edwen's John Chenery

Views across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia John Chenery

the view of Snowdon from Hooton s Homegrown Farm Shop for lunch. Clare Gamble

Our first lunch stop isn't at a pub. John Chenery

Lunching John Chenery

St Nidan, Brynsciencyn John Chenery

We were confused at this point. Had the arrows gone missing? Or was it just that we had gone the wrong way? John Chenery

Abby and Marie at burial site Bernie Magee

Late afternoon drink stop Edward Stork

Neolithic Burial Chamber John Chenery

Resting at st Caffo church Edward Stork

St Caffo's Church, Llangaffo John Chenery

It never seems right to leave the top of the steeple out of the picture John Chenery

Last church stop of the day still with the view of Snowdon. Clare Gamble

Should every farm have a flock of these? John Chenery

St Beuno's Church Trefdraeth John Chenery