Once again, I am walking part of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way. My parents are joining me, going from from Rowen to Aberdaron (and then by boat to Bardsey Island) — more or less the second half of the pilgrimage.
As an atheist, I don’t really identify as a pilgrim or think too much about the religious aspect of this walk. For me, it is an opportunity to celebrate the outdoors and the beautiful country I live in, to spend time with family, and to face the challenges of a longer journey on foot.
However, I also wanted to give my parents a chance to see the beginning of the pilgrimage in Holywell — including Basingwerk Abbey and St. Winefride’s Well. So for our first day we headed to the very start of the pilgrim’s way for a short (approx. 3 mile) circular walk. My husband joined us and we enjoyed a gorgeous, sunny day to kick off our walk. (I didn’t take many photos, since this was my second visit.)
This is the first of 12 daily blog posts I wrote as I walked the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way, May 13-24. I am publishing them after the fact but they reflect my thoughts as I completed each day’s walk.