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cistercian way update
August 25, 2016, 7:28 pm
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as well as the corporate pilgrimage from Penrhys on Saturday September 3rd as I set out on the Cistercian Way (details here – you’re welcome to join us) I’m delighted to say that I will be preaching at Margam Abbey at the 11am Mass.



cistercian way kit list
August 25, 2016, 6:09 pm
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I am in the process of packing for 700 miles along the Cistercian Way in Wales in September and October.  Comments and suggestions welcome – I’m trying to shave stuff off, but will be walking through the Welsh autumn.  I carried more or less this kit from Shrewsbury to Holywell the other week. (I am interested in the differences between this and the stuff I carried on the Levante seven years ago here)

  • Crux AK70 rucksack
  • Scarpa R-Evo GTX boots
  • Keen Walking sandals

 

  • Terra Nova Elite 350 sleeping bag
  • liner
  • alpkit hunka bivi bag
  • alpkit  mat

 

  • Laser Competition 1 tent (with groundsheet and without inner tent)
  • Hi viz vest
  • 3x long sleeve technical shirts
  • 2x light walking trousers
  • 3x technical underwear
  • 2x softshell jumpers
  • 3x socks and liner socks
  • duvet jacket
  • waterproof jacket
  • waterproof trousers
  • mountain hat
  • buff
  • drybags
  • 2l waterbottle
  • 2m cord
  • toilet roll
  • washing powder
  • glasses, prescription sunglasses, cases
  • mobile phone
  • phone charger pack
  • notebook and pencil
  • kindle
  • maps (I will pick up maps from friends a couple of times en route)
  • mapcase and compass
  • penknife, spork, mug, cooking pot
  • alcohol stove
  • meths
  • washstuff and towel
  • First Aid Kit (whistle, micropore, sheepwool, 2nd skin, crepe bandage, antiseptic cream, ibuprofen, allergy tablets, safety pins, lip balm, sunscreen, scissors, knee support bandage, needle and thread).
  • sunhat
  • 2x headlamps
  • walking poles

Total weight approx 14 kilos.



holywell pilgrimage 1

the idea was to walk from Shrewsbury Abbey where St Winefrede’s Shrine was

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to Holywell where her miracle happened.  About 60 miles, lots of good hills from Oswestry onwards, three long days and two short ones.  For me it was a chance to get match fit for the Cistercian Way in a couple of weeks and to test and overhaul my kit.

We wild camped for all but one night when we stayed in a campsite

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although one of those nights (with permission and invitation from the owners) was in a summerhouse

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Roland bearing up under severe privation

I am very glad I did it.  I spent the first couple of very hot days struggling under my pack and telling myself I was a b*****y idiot and the Cistercian Way would be my last walk.  Fitness kicked in and I loved the views and the country

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Even in the heat and dryness we didn’t need to resort to dog milk (making coffee from a sheep trough doesn’t count, right?) and we were able to test the best cures for dehydration (a pint of water, a pint of light coloured bitter, and a bag of pork scratchings).

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We ate well (here is Roland demonstrating how to cook with bleach).

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Cistercian Way

​Just the book to be reading this afternoon; the feast of St Bernard of Clairvaux and a big Cistercian pilgrimage imminent



st winefrede pilgrimage
August 19, 2016, 5:43 pm
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Holywell. Arrived, prayed, blessed, relics venerated, bathed.

More details soon, but you have been prayed for this week



St Winifrede Pilgrimage
August 18, 2016, 7:14 pm
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​A long, hard, good day on the hills. Nearly there. Wildcamping



St Winifred Pilgrimage
August 17, 2016, 8:11 pm
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​Well on the Way

more soon




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