If feeling the earth beneath your boots or bike is your thing, you are in for a treat!
Travel with us, on a 5 mile circular route along a mixture of logging roads, farmlands and through ancient forest to reach the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida.
This one day pilgrimage is provided by Guided Pilgrimage, a not for profit travel company providing a range of Celtic pilgrimage experiences in West Wales.
At times, the walk is boggy and challenging but the scenery is amazing, the sense of it remote, as we 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 Welsh 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.
We will have a spell of quiet meditative walking before arriving at Strata Florida with plenty of time to explore the ruins and the neighbouring parish church of St Mary’s. We will bring the place alive for you before we walk back.
This tour is organised and managed by Guided Pilgrimage, a not for profit travel company providing a range of Celtic pilgrimage experiences in West Wales.
This is a 5 mile (8km) circular walk from near Pontrhydfendigaid to Strata Florida Abbey. It's suitable for anyone, of any age, who are able to walk 5m (8km).
Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Walking boots are recommended (and bring waterproofs, just in case). Please bring a small rucksack/day bag to carry everything you need.
Please bring a packed lunch and drinking water.
Our normal start time is 10am and the pilgrimage (including walking there and back) lasts 5 hours.
Facilities & refreshments
Toilets are only available at the end.
Please bring a packed lunch and drinking water. There is a small cafe at Strata Florida, serving drinks and cake only (not included in price). There are local pubs in Pontrhydfendigaid.
There is a free car park (for car or coach) at the start. We will meet at Coed Dolgoed Natural Resources Wales car park (SA25 6ER).
This Pilgrimage involves walking 5miles (8km) over varied terrain including hills, boggy sections and woodland. It is not suitable for anyone, of any age, who cannot walk that distance.
The route passes through fields, loggings roads, woodland that are unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Therefore, this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. However, if you would like to discuss possible options with us, please get in touch.