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Lleyn Pilgrims' Trail


113 km / 70 miles
There are, in effect, two routes - a northern and a southern route which converge at Aberdaron opposite Bardsey Island. Both modern routes attempt to follow, where possible, the trail taken by the pilgrims of old. These early pilgrims would have been conveyed by boat across the dangerous water to Bardsey but these days access to the island is somewhat limited due to its status as a National Nature Reserve. The Pilgrims' Trail is signposted in places but it is advisable to take a large scale Ordnance Survey map of the area with you.

Little is known of most of the 'Saints' after whom these churches have been named. Some may have been early missionaries bringing the faith to the people of ancient Britain, whilst others may have been hermits living simple lives of devotion in the area. Still others may have been donors of land upon which the first churches were built. It is interesting to note here that the WeIsh word Llan does not actually mean 'Saint', but rather is an ancient word for a consecrated enclosure within which worship and burial took place. It has now come to mean the church of the founding saint and as villages have grown up around these churches many now share the name of their original church). Whether the modern traveller is following the Pilgrims' Trail for devotional reasons, or whether out of an interest in architecture, history or culture, today's 'pilgrim' is assured of a rich and rewarding experience.


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 115, 123, 124
OS Landranger Active 115, 123, 124
OS Explorer 18, 253, 254
OS Explorer Active 18, 253, 254

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Route Profile:

113.4 km (70.5 miles)
1,811 m (5,942 ft) ascent
352 m (1,155 ft)  maximum height

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