St Winefried's Pilgrimage 2017

Day 4: Rhosneigr to Holyhead

Anglesey is not one island, but two. You have been walking on the main one for the first two days. The second, a much smaller island, you reach and walk on today. Five and a half miles after starting you reach the B4545 and about 200 yards from that point you cross a bridge over water. The water is the sea, not a river or tidal inlet. Look across both sides of the bridge and you will see you are crossing onto an island; Holy Island. The first 8 miles of this walk are flat. The last 7 miles are undulating but without any big hills. You should find this an easy walk before your rest day tomorrow. Soon after leaving Rhosneigr we follow the perimeter of RAF Valley where Prince William trained as a helicopter pilot. Almost certainly you will see helicopters and fighter jets on training flights. After lunch we walk the cliff tops of the Rhoscolyn peninsula. At the ancient well of St Gwenfaen's we stop for prayers. Was this a place to collect holy water or was it a baptismal site? Look back and if the weather is kind you will see the whole length of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsular. Next is the "retirement" village of Treaddur Bay, then we follow the coast before turning inland to the town of Holyhead. (Words written by Geoff who planned the day but is unable to be with us due to injury.)

Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 4

Waking up on the 4th day Edward Stork

View from near our morning mass Edward Stork

St Therese's Church Rhosneigr - venue for our daily service providing a mass for the locals on the Feast of the Assumption which they wouldn't normally have had. John Chenery

Abbey wonderful marking in no mans land Edward Stork

Close up Edward Stork

The Two Revs James Clarke

Rhosneigr welcome. James Clarke

Statue of St Therese John Chenery

Horses and pony,checking out madam abbey Edward Stork

Backmarkers leaving Rhosneigr heading out onto the dunes and it's sunny today John Chenery

Font markers at lunch Edward Stork

Our Coordinator Francis crossing Four Mile Bridge from main Anglesey to Holy Island John Chenery

Francis took this picture of Louise and me on the bridge. John Chenery

Lunch at the Anchorage Hotel, Four Mile Bridge John Chenery

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View from the first church afternoon stop Edward Stork

Madame Bernie marking holy well Edward Stork

Stained glass behind the altar in St Gwenfaen's Church John Chenery

The glass tiles beneath the window are also a feature. John Chenery

St Gwenfaen's Church John Chenery

View back towards Rhosneigr and Snowdonia John Chenery

John Chenery Sunshine😀 Danny Thomas

St Gwenfaen's well. John Chenery

At the well. John Chenery

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scenic coast John Chenery

: More scenic coast. Holyhead "Mountain" in the distance. John Chenery

Emerging from St Ffraid's Church, Trearddur. Ffraid is Welsh for Bridget John Chenery

First view of Holyhead (in the distance on the right) John Chenery

Looks a lovely afternoon Danny Thomas

John happy to be back on the pilgrimage Bernie Magee

Ann enjoying the garden behind the hall Bernie Magee

Lovely scenery, hope the weather stays fine for you all. John and Lesley Brennan John Brennan

Finally rest day!! PolishPilgrims

Stuart had a large team of front markers today , including Jack in the foreground who joined just for the day. Edward Stork