Walk the medieval pilgrimage route to Penrhys on Saturday 20 September – taking in ancient trackways, spectacular scenery, a medieval church, a pub lunch, two holy wells and a Doctor Who location. Get in before the rush – the walk features in Derek Brockway’s ‘Weatherman Walking’ series next spring, but you can see it here first!
This year we will probably just do the third day, from Pontypridd to Penrhys, though I’m open to ideas for the earlier part (we could trial some of the new routes if anyone’s interested). The churches at Llanwynno and Penrhys will be open and short services arranged in both as part of the Open Doors programme – http://www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk/index.php/open-doors .There are public transport links to start and finish but not to Llanwynno. We can arrange to take drivers back to the start.
Some (but not all) of the route is suitable for mountain bikes and horse riders. If you want to ride, let me know (post a comment on the blog) – it would be interesting to see how it works out. I am in touch with Someone Famous who wants to make a television programme about riding part of the route next year.
Here are the arrangements as I sent them to Open Doors.
We start at the green near the White Bridge on the Ynysybwl road – OS Map Ref. 077-910 – at 10 am. Walk up the Darran trackway and over to Ynysybwl then up the lovely little valley of the Llys Nant and over the fields to Mynachdy. Through the forest to Llanwynno
– refreshments in the church and a short service, or time for a pub lunch. Walk down to look at the recently-restored holy well of St Gwynno.
Set off again from Llanwynno at about 2.30 pm, walk down the track to Stanleytown and Pontyrhaiarn
then up to Penrhys. Time to explore another holy well
then up to the estate church for tea (about 4 – 4.30) and a visit to the church itself as part of the Open Doors weekend.
You can join us at the start or at Llanwynno – the church there will be open from 12 noon as part of the Open Doors weekend. If you want lunch in the Brynffynnon pub it might be as well to book – tel. 01443 790272. We hope to arrange transport back from the finish for those who have left their cars, and there is also plenty of public transport.
Please note – this is an informal walk, and you should take responsibility for your own comfort and safety. The Organisers provide only the route and arrangements for the visits en route. They are unable to take legal responsibility for any other matters. The start time is punctual, but all later times are approximate. You will need stout shoes and waterproof, warm, wind-resistant clothing, food, and some liquid refreshment, for personal use.
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