A medieval pilgrimage route rich in history
by Helen Lloyd Jones
Penrhys in the Rhondda has been a focal point for pilgrimage over many centuries.
Today, you can walk the Penrhys Pilgrimage Way and discover a route rich in history as you travel through the ever changing and gorgeous landscapes of south Wales. The route follows public rights of way for 21 miles from Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff to Penrhys in the Rhondda. It is divided into six parts and can be walked in sections or over two days.
Don't forget to print a passport and collect all eleven specially designed pilgrim stamps along the way (when possible, post-Covid).
There is an map of the whole route on the Penrhys Pilgrimage Way website.
Here's a taster to get you started planning your pilgrimage.
Distance: 21 miles, but broken down into six sections of 2.5 to 5 miles
Time required: Varies depending on the section or route
Difficulty: Varies depending on the section or route
What to bring: Footwear with good grips are essential and waterproof and warm clothing during the colder months are important too, remember to take water with you