Pilgrims from the Deanery of Mathrafal walked from Meifod to Dolanog along the Vyrnwy Valley on Saturday 18 May as part of our Year of Pilgrimage.
The eight-mile walk began with a pilgrim’s prayer at Meifod Church led by the Area Dean Revd Pam Powell. Pam accompanied the group along Glyndwr’s Way to the historic Meeting House at Dolobran, where they were welcomed by local Quakers.
Pilgrim’s set off for their Mathrafal Pilgrimage led by Paul Lucock
Pilgrims then they made their way via the Royal Oak Inn to the John Hughes Chapel at Pontrobert where the Custodian, Nia Rhosier, showed them the historic building and told the story of its founder and his pupil Ann Griffiths.
Refreshments were offered at St John’s Church, Pontrobert and pilgrims then continued along the beautiful riverside path to Dolanog and the church of St John the Evangelist.
After tea served by church and chapel members in the Community Centre the pilgrims made their way to the Ann Griffiths Memorial Chapel where the Revd Peter Williams led them in worship and gave a further insight into the life of the great Welsh poet and hymn writer.
John Hainsworth who organised the pilgrimage said:
“Walkers came from Wrexham, Llangollen, Denbigh, Llansanffraid and Glyn Ceiriog among other places, and for many it was their first visit to this lovely part of mid Wales.
“They enjoyed its beauty, the fellowship of their journey and the warmth of their welcome along the way.”