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Two Celtic Lands
Two Celtic Saints
One Transformative Journey

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WEXFORD–PEMBROKESHIRE PILGRIM WAY

Fáilte – Welcome – Croeso

The Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way follows in the footsteps of St Aidan’s sixth century journey from Ferns in Ireland to meet his teacher and mentor, St David, in Wales. The impact of the meeting between these two famous Celtic saints was felt far and wide across Ireland, Wales and beyond, leading to the establishment of new churches and monasteries and a flourishing of Celtic culture in the Age of the Saints.

This newly re-discovered international route is characterised by wild Celtic landscapes and rich cultural heritage that continues to inspire musicians, poets and painters who live along its path to this day.

Pilgrimage on foot is a green and sustainable form of travel in these times of climate change and habitat loss.  The two saints understood the importance of the natural environment and through their mutual love of bees they even helped to save the bee population of Ireland. Through the story of the bees and the importance of the natural environment to this path, the Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrimage Way is at the heart of perhaps the biggest challenge we face today.

It is a 260km (162 mile) journey with nearly 100km winding through County Wexford from Ferns to Rosslare, followed by a 100km crossing over the Irish Sea and a 60km walk on the beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park Coast Path to St Davids. Enjoy!

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PILGRIMAGE

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PLACES

When pilgrims walk this 260km route (160km on land plus 100km sea crossing), they are impressed by its variety.  

Journey from the mysterious St Mogue’s Well in Ferns (Co Wexford, Ireland) to the splendour of St David’s Cathedral in Wales and through all that lies in between, including the Oulart’s Tulach a’tSolais memorial, Johnstown Castle and Our Lady’s Island. 

Across the sea in Pembrokeshire, our pilgrimage follows the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a haven for flora and fauna.  Walk past the iconic Strumble Head Lighthouse, linger at the coastal hamlet of Porthgain, surf at the famous Whitesand Beach en route to St Davids.

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EXPERIENCES

The pilgrimage is experienced on different levels.  For many the most prominent feeling is reconnection with place, atmosphere, nature, companions, strangers, community and oneself.

The route is storied by the ancients, with sacred places that have been honoured by travellers for thousands of years. 

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STAGES

The route is divided into 9 stages – 5 in Ireland and 4 in Wales as follows:

Stage 1 – Ferns to Oulart

Stage 2 – Oulart to Oilgate

Stage 3 – Oilgate to Piercetown

Stage 4 – Piercetown to Our Lady’s Island

Stage 5 – Our Lady’s Island to Rosslare (then ferry to Fishguard)

Stage 6 – Fishguard to Melyn Tregwynt

Stage 7 – Melyn Tregwynt to Abereiddy

Stage 8 – Abereiddy to Whitesands

Stage 9 – Whitesands to St Davids

OUR NEXT EVENT

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Reconnect in North Pembrokeshire – Tue 13th Dec 2022

The British Pilgrimage Trust invites you to an informal networking and creative presentation led by Musician and Pembrokeshire Pilgrimage Officer David Pepper. Find out what the Wexford–Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way can do for your community.  

This free event starts at 7pm at Peppers in Fishguard.  Please book on Eventbrite and we look forward to meeting you on the day. 

A PILGRIMAGE OF MUSIC AND STORYTELLING

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Four artists, four community pilgrims, a film crew and pilgrimage guides made the first modern pilgrimage along the full 160km walking route from Ferns to St Davids. 

Dubbed the ‘Creative Camino’, part of the wider Ancient Connections project, this cross-border journey further demonstrated the shared heritage of the two countries, both historically and between the band of pilgrims themselves. This was just one reason why the event was transformative for the pilgrims.

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Reflections on the Pilgrimage

We captured some of the thoughts and feelings of the pilgrims with music composed, played and enjoyed along the route. 

“The four elements are a big part of the basis for healthy living in the Pagan ethos. So we might suggest that a pilgrimage is good for grounding (Earth), but also that the sun helps you get that fire in your belly going again (Fire), breathing in the air helps your worries drift away on the wind (Air) and crossing the water wets your appetite for life (Water)! “

Thanks to Lorraine from Gallivanting for showing us how the Wexford–Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way is a recipe for healthy living!

Please note that the route in Ireland is still awaiting endorsement by Sport Ireland.  Please be aware of the following disclaimer:

This is a route in development and is currently going through the Sport Ireland accreditation process. Although some sections of the route are on existing accredited Wexford Walking Trails (Ferns Village, Oulart Hill, Three Rocks Trail and Carne to Rosslare), all other parts of Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way route have yet to be accredited. Accordingly, Wexford County Council and its route development partners do not accept responsibility and are not liable for any loss, damage or injury which may arise and all users and participants should take all necessary care to satisfy themselves of the suitability and safety of the route.

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Header Photo Credit – Karel Jasper

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With thanks to our sponsors for their support with the re-awakening of this cross-border pilgrimage route.
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