What you'll do
We meet at Pontrhydfendigaid for the transfer back to the old drover town of Tregaron. Here you can buy a packed lunch if you don't already have one, before we set off on our pilgrimage to Strata Florida, a 12th century Cistercian Monastery. Our 8 mile route is along a mixture of quiet roads, farmlands, open access land and through ancient forest. At times, the walk is boggy and challenging but the scenery is amazing, the sense of it remote, as we pass abandoned farms and relive the life of the monks who made Strata Florida a thriving community 900 years ago. The stories of these monks woven into the land and the importance of Strata Florida as the birthplace of a cohesive 'Wales' nation make this such an important place in our heritage. The fresh air and fabulous walking country let us relax as we journey and hopefully have time to explore either verbally or just in our own thoughts, what it means to be here a century later. After a picnic lunch, we have a spell of quiet meditative walking before arriving at Strata Florida with plenty of time to explore the ruins. I will hopefully bring the place alive for you before we walk the final mile along another delightful pilgrimage route by the river to reach your transport at Pontrhydfendigaid. (Please contact me if you do not have a vehicle as other arrangements can be made for you).
As a qualified Lowland Leader Guide and Spiritual Companion, I love taking people out into our wonderful restorative nature here in West Wales giving them the opportunity to slow down and return to their own natural rhythms. I lead one day and longer pilgrimages (for people of any faith or no faith) to well known and not so well known destinations. I am passionate about the land and our place in it as humans in the 21st Century. I have been profoundly interested in what makes us tick as human beings for the last 30 years. This exploration has seen me qualify as an alternative health practitioner, teacher, guide and I have delved deep as I have followed my own spiritual path. I now provide the space for others to connect with their own inner wisdom and where better to do that than by actively journeying through Nature.
Hot / cold drink on arrival at Strata Florida (dependent on cafe being open)
Entrance ticket to Strata Florida CADW site
Transfer from Pontrhydfendigaid to Tregaron for start of the walk. This will be either by taxi or transfer in my own vehicle…
Where you'll be
We start our walk in the old drovers town of Tregaron. I love this area because it feels remote and wild, on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains. The open access land halfway along our route encapsulates that sense of wildness even more. Definitely need sturdy walking shoes for this area which is not easy to navigate for the uninitiated (I have walked it many times!). And Strata Florida takes my breath away every time I visit without fail.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests ages 16 and up can attend. Guests should feel comfortable walking the bulk of the day at a reasonable pace.
This is an 8-mile journey which includes some challenging terrain so participants need to be suitably dressed and prepared in order to enjoy the day. But if you are up for the adventure it is a fabulous way to arrive, on foot, at Strata Florida, one of Wales' most important historic sites.
Walk like a Pilgrim
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