A couple years ago, my brother and sister-in-law came to visit and introduced me to the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way. I ended up walking two days with them, and it gave me the idea that I could walk more of it another time.
I’m currently taking a sabbatical from work, giving me time to be outdoors and consider a long walking holiday. My parents planned a visit, and I planned a walk: a day in Holywell, followed by walking the latter half-ish of the pilgrim’s way from Rowen (a village in the Conwy Valley) to Bardsey Island at the end of the Llyn Peninsula. It was estimated at about 85 miles, a distance we decided was manageable.
And we managed it! Yesterday we arrived on Bardsey Island and completed our pilgrimage. I have been taking photos and writing down some thoughts each day, so expect more posts soon with details. For now, I’ll note that I’m left with an incredible sense of awe for the natural beauty of North Wales and gratefulness for the many kind and interesting people we met along the way.