The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

During the summer of 2012, a group of pilgrims will undertake a 22 day journey across South Wales to St Davids. The inspiration for the journey has risen from the ancient spirit of pilgrimage but also an occasion to culturally celebrate the arrival of the Olympics to Britain. ( additional information at Cadw )

When Pope Calixtus II in 1123 declared that two pilgrimages to St Davids equalled one to Rome, a great number of pilgrims faithfully followed the well trodden path to the ecclesiastical capital of Wales. Following the reformation pilgrimages were not encouraged but today there is a growing interest in opening up the Pilgrims ways again. .

This ambitious trek across the South Wales landscape of hills, valleys, industrial landmarks and rural pastoral lands, begins at Llanthony Priory near the English border. The walk will pass ancient sites, holy wells and links in the CADW sites of Blaenavon iron works, Caerphilly castle, Laugharne Castle and Bishops Palace, St Davids. The arrival of the pilgrims at St Davids on July 7th will coincide with a grand celebration and procession of music and artists through St Davids.

Some will come in the ancient spirit of pilgrimage, an outward journey on foot to the holy shrine and cathedral of St David but also an inward spiritual journey of searching, seeking and affirmation. Others will come simply to share our country, culture and friendships.

This journey asks whether there can be meaning for a modern day pilgrim and whether the Pilgrimage could be a timely happening for our age. The scene is set for a 21st century pilgrims’ walk like no other.

Cauldrons and Furnaces is part of the Wales wide project – Power of the Flame which has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

If you would like us to keep in touch with you, please e mail us ndrew@pilgrimage2012.co.uk and we will add you to our list to be updated of our activities.

Anyone not walking full days/nights as a core pilgrim can join onto the Ramblers days walks.
Ramblers Cymru will be coordinating circular walks which link up with the main Pilgrimage. To get involved please get in touch with Mike Erskine. We will be launching an interactive map soon…mik.erskine@ramblers.org.uk 02920 64 68 3

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