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Pray for us
October 24, 2016, 6:32 am
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​Our Lady of Penrhys pray for us

October 22, 2016, 5:46 pm
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I have arrived at Penrhys.

​A beautiful and emotional day made more so by many of the people who have looked after and cared for me on the way came together at Llanwono where we shared refreshment and walked to Penrhys.

​From the statue we walked down to the well and then up to the Church as the bell rang us in for tea and prayers.

More soon

Risca – Pontypridd
October 21, 2016, 5:12 pm
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A long very beautiful day today climbing up and down the Valleys

​Very poignant to be reflecting and praying about Aberfan as I looked down on the towns and villages.

I will arrive in Penrhys tomorrow

October 20, 2016, 9:13 pm
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A very brief update 

​An excellent day. Exploring Roman Caerleon, a Church Times interview, good walking over Lodge Hill (insert Birmingham joke), a change of route to protect the knees (on what may have been the sick pilgrims route to Penrhys), the ascent of Twmbarlwm, down to the canal at Risca.

A very good evening talking and eating.

Two days to Penryhs.

October 19, 2016, 7:39 pm
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Good walking again today. 15 miles or so to Caerleon. Began through Chepstow Park Wood, met Maddy and Nell at Itton and walked together through Earlswood (no longer a wood).

​We ate our sandwiches / dog biscuits by the beautiful Earlswood Valley Methodist Church before entering the Wentwood where we parted.

​The route took me along the ancient Pilgrim Way from London to St Davids.

​From time to time there were beautiful views of the Severn Estuary, the Bristol Channel and an island (Steepholme?). Met in Caerleon by good friends as I continue to enjoy the hospitality of Pilgrim Wales.

The knee is sore but behaving. I had an argument with a barbed wire fence and shredded my trousers, and I have lost my hat. All is good.

love and prayers

October 18, 2016, 6:21 pm
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A wonderful day today.

walking the hour to St Michael’s Church in Tintern where Friends of Our Lady of Tintern were gathered. Maddy Gray spoke about the Cistercian Way Project and I gave a talk about the pilgrimage.

​We went on to the Abbey for prayers before Our Lady. I was blessed and given a Tintern Pilgrim Badge.

After a good lunch, Maddy and I climbed up the Stone Way to the little Church at Penterry​

Walking down via ruined St Mary’s.

​A real highlight day of this pilgrimage. I will write up and blog my talk at the end.

love and prayers

Cistercian Way Update
October 17, 2016, 9:23 pm
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Just a brief wayside note. All going well. Walked from Monmouth to Brockweir near Tintern through alternating sunshine and heavy rain. Lots of climbing. Lots of beauty. Knee seems happy. Looking forward to a special day at Tintern tomorrow.