See website North Wales Pilgrim’s Way
These pictures were taken before the 2020 lockdown.
See below for post-lockdown pictures.
Update October 2020
We walked the 140-mile (171 miles in our case, including diversions) North Wales Pilgrim’s Way in fourteen one-day walks, using the Official Guidebook (see below), and Ordnance Survey maps. We did one all-day walk per week, starting in March 2020 and ending in October 2020, with three walks pre-lockdown and eleven walks post-lockdown. We will try to visit Ynys Enlli / Bardsey Island in 2021.
We loved the Pilgrim’s Way! It’s well-signposted, with a wonderful variety of scenery: the Clwydian hills with great views across to Snowdonia, the Carneddau mountains, Snowdonia slate country, and the Llyn Peninsula and the Llyn Coast Path. Interesting villages and lovely old churches all along the way. It’s my favourite long distance path in North Wales, so far. We were walking on ancient paths, in the footsteps of pilgrims.
The Pilgrim’s Way deserves to be much more popular.
The Pilgrim’s Way from Basingwerk Abbey to Ynys Enlli / Bardsey Island passes through Rowen. You can stamp your Pilgrim’s Passport, and sign the visitors’ book at Seion Chapel, in the middle of Rowen, usually open every day (closed at present).
We hope you enjoy your visit to Rowen.
See our Places to Stay in Rowen page, or google bed and breakfast rowen for one-night stays.
Make sure you visit our Telephone Kiosk Information Point, next to the Ty Gwyn Hotel.
Clwydian Walking Holidays can provide luggage transfer, accommodation bookings, and minibus support. Also, try Anglesey Walking Holidays.
The walk from Rowen to Abergwyngregyn includes the beautiful Llangelynin Old Chuch, and the stunning stone circles above Penmaenmawr. A day to remember!
Try Aber Falls Hotel in Abergwyngregyn for overnight accommodation, and please mention this website.We recommend the the Hen Felin Cafe in Abergwyngregyn.
Planning the walks We (two people) parked at the end of each walk. We used a mixture of lifts, two cars, buses and taxi to get us back to the start. We were given lifts for the first five walks. We used two cars from Eglwysbach to Rowen (my home) and Rowen to Abergwyngregyn.
We used buses for the seven walks from Abergwyngregyn to Tudweiliog. See the traveline website for bus times.
We booked an early morning taxi (before the driver’s school runs) on the long last day, walking from Tudweiliog to Aberdaron, to be sure of enough daylight. We left Conwy at 5am, and were walking by 8am. We used Steve’s Taxis 07774 541396, very good. Steve can also provide a luggage transfer service. He said he was booked for a week of luggage transfers on the Llyn Peninsula Coast Path the following week.
The village shop in Tudweiliog opens very early and is excellent. We always try to support local businesses.
Guidebook We used the official guidebook by Chris Potter. Good route description, but it lacks useful information on the sights along the way.
We’d welcome your comments…
Pictures and words by Peter McFadden, updated April 2021.