Pilgrimage trails

Pilgrimage Trails

Find your path to spiritual and physical wellbeing.

Laleston Stones Trail

This historic trail takes you on a pilgrim route to Llangynwyd, famous as the burial place of Ann Thomas, the “Maid of Cefn Ydfa.” In the Middle Ages it was famous as the shrine of the Holy Rood of Llangynwyd, a carving of the Crucifixion that was so vivid it was believed to perform miracles.

Download the Laleston Stones leaflet map and guide or access it online via this link.

Distance: 10km (6 miles)

Time: 4 hours, but allow time to rest in Laleston for lunch, and explore historical sites along the way.

More information: Professor Madeleine Gray, Medieval Historian, blogged about her experience of walking the trail on her website.

Additional information: From Laleston take the longer Llangynwyd Trail which continues the route medieval pilgrims would have taken up to the hills.

Penrhys Pilgrimage Way

Launches 25/26 March 2020.

A 21-mile walking trail that recreates the historic pilgrimage route between Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff and Penrhys in the Rhondda. If you are considering pilgrimage, or just want a good walk to explore parts of the South Wales valleys, this route is for you.

Enjoy beautiful countryside and fascinating history as you follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims. The route can be completed in short sections, with easy access to bus stops and train stations.

Visit Penrhys Pilgimage Way website for more details.