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Sacred Places

Plas Glyn y Weddw - Hawlfraint Plas Glyn y Weddw / Copyright Plas Glyn y Weddw
Eglwys St Hywyn's Church - Hawlfraint Ein Treftadaeth / Copyright Our Heritage
Ffynnon Gybi / St Cybi's Well - Hawlfraint Ein Treftadaeth / Copyright Our Heritage

Get ready to encounter the breathtaking landscape of north Wales, encompassing majestic mountains, peaceful valleys and sublime seascapes. In medieval times, people set off on pilgrimage from Holywell to the island of Bardsey on the Llŷn Peninsula, visiting holy wells and shrines dedicated to Celtic saints at churches along the way. Today, the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way offers keen walkers a chance to follow in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims and visit sacred sites on a 130-mile route. Myths and legends abound in the landscape too. The eleven tales from the Mabinogion, featuring magic, heroism and betrayal, are set in locations that can still be traced today. You can discover the histories of inspirational people, such as Yr Ysgwrn the poet Hedd Wyn’s home and Mary Jones (the girl who walked 25 miles to buy a Bible), by visiting sites and following trails that reveal their stories. Cultural treasures in art, literature and architecture can be explored at captivating locations like Portmeirion or Cae’r Gors, the birthplace of author Kate Roberts in Rhosgadfan. Whether you seek spiritual inspiration in a moment of quiet contemplation in a tranquil church, or panoramic beauty enjoyed from a mountaintop, you can find it here.

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