This year we are walking the old pilgrimage route from Pontypridd via Llanwynno to Penrhys on Saturday 5 September – taking in ancient trackways, spectacular scenery, a medieval church, a pub lunch, two holy wells and a Doctor Who location. As seen on ‘Weatherman Walking’ – downloadable route map and description at http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/weatherman-walking/walks/Pontypridd-Walk.pdf plus a gallery of photos and DREADFUL puns at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02m3m53/p02m3hlp.
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. We’ll try to walk down to look at the recently-restored holy well of St Gwynno – the path is very overgrown, bring sticks.
Set off again from Llanwynno at about 2 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 – 1.30 as part of the Open Doors weekend (after that there’s a wedding at 2.30 so we have to get ourselves out of the way!). 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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