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Walking Holidays: The Pilgrim's Trail & Coastal Path
 
The first Christian pilgrims to come to the Llŷn Peninsula, arriving certainly before the end of the fifth century, were Celtic monks. They did not come to sacred centres, but rather to look for suitable locations to settle as hermits. It was from these places that the churches grew and some of them, on account of their special virtues, became popular haunts for pilgrims. It appears that the custom of going on a Christian pilgrimage was started by Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, when she visited the sacred places of Palestine at the beginning of the fourth century.

St. Pedrog's Church, Llanbedrog

By the Middle Ages the people of Llŷn were well-used to this custom and the paths hardened by the feet of thousands of pilgrims. Let us imagine the medley of thoughts that were borne in the minds of those pilgrims who trod the paths over the centuries, ranging from the delights of companionship to the longings of soul in the need of relief. And one could perhaps obtain a pardon by virtue of the saints and their sacred places. The final destination for pilgrims on route through the Llŷn was and still is, Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island). Enlli lies about 3km off the tip of the peninsula. The Welsh name Ynys Enlli is a very apt description;- the island in the current. Enlli was an important place of pilgrimage through the Middle Ages. A pilgrimage to Enlli was so highly regarded by the Church that three pilgrimages to the island could equal one to Rome.

Enlli was once the home of many holy men during the last days of Roman Britain right through the Anglo-Saxon period. Their belief was that only by contemplation and the `Mortification of the flesh’  induced by remote existence could they achieve a vision of heavenly things. The island is renowned for supposedly having 20,000 saints buried there, it is certain that many men were buried near the Abbey on the island. Whether the modern traveller is following the Pilgrims’ Trail for devotional reasons, or whether of an interest in architecture, history or culture, today’s `pilgrim’ is assured of a rich and rewarding experience.

Whilst following the trail the traveller will, in places, be struck by the sense of isolation and distance from the world as that which first attracted the early Celtic Saints. On Llŷn it is still possible to enjoy peace and quiet and to contemplate the meaning of life surrounded by nature’s beauty. The week’s programme You will visit the sacred sites and churches on route, you will be able to worship if so wished at many of the churches. A special service will be conducted especially for you at the beginning of the week and at one of the churches during your tour. We will visit many other sites of interest and of  historical importance during your holiday. If the weather will permit, we will retrace the final steps of past pilgrims and make the boat crossing over to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island).

ITINERARY:
SATURDAY: Arrival at you’re holiday destination.
Evening: Presentation and short slide show and discussion on you’re holiday.

SUNDAY: All day walk.

MONDAY: All day walk.

TUESDAY: All day walk.

WEDNESDAY: Free
(Activities for this day can be discussed on Saturday evening. For a small extra charge choices such as a visit to the market town of Pwllheli, or a 13 mile journey through some spectacular scenery on the steam train are available. There are many more options to choose from.)

THURSDAY: All day walk.

FRIDAY: All day walk.

SATURDAY: Depart

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
Carefully selected accommodation including B&B and evening meals on all days.
Packed lunch on scheduled walk days.
All transportation during week to your walk start and return to accommodation.
Service of well-informed and welcoming guide on all the scheduled walks
(with guided option).
Cost of fare for boat crossing over to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) is extra.

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