Walking the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way

See website North Wales Pilgrim’s Way
BBC2 Pilgrimage The road through north Wales

Pilgrim’s passport

Our mileage



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 tried to visit Ynys Enlli / Bardsey Island in 2022.

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, open every day.

Day 4, Chatting to a poet near Gwytherin

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.

Day 5. Go that way my friend, near Llangernyw.

The walk from Rowen to Abergwyngregyn includes the beautiful Llangelynin Old Chuch, and the stunning stone circles above Penmaenmawr.  A day to remember!

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 in the morning and is excellent.  We always try to support local businesses.

Guidebook  We used the official guidebook by Chris Potter.
We thought the route description was good, but there’s very little information on the sights along the way.

Wikipedia page

We’d welcome your comments…
Email peterhoney914@gmail.com

Pictures and words by Peter McFadden, updated April 2024

Post-lockdown pictures…


Update January 2023.
We’ve now started walking some of the Circular walks on the Pilgrim’s Way.

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