Diocesan press releases

Churches along the North Wales coast revive the traditional Whit Walk

Hundreds of people are expected to join churches along the North Wales coast in a traditional Whit Walk.

Children from local schools along with bands and congregations from churches and chapels have been invited to walk along the seafront from Pensarn to Rhos-on-Sea on Saturday 3 June.

The Whit Walk, called Rekindling the Flame will end with a service, led by the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, outside St Trillo’s Chapel on the prom.

The eight-mile walk is organised by the Aled Mission Area, a group of 17 Church in Wales churches covering Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Llanddulas, Llansannan, Rhos-on-Sea and surrounding areas.

Rt-Rev-Stephen-LoweThe Mission Area Leader of Aled, Bishop Stephen Lowe said: “Whit Walks are a long-standing tradition and mark the feast of Pentecost in the Christian calendar.

“We’re bringing back the Whitsun procession to show that the church is alive and well in this area, getting people together for a time of fun and enjoyment.  There’ll be music, bands and cake at the end for everyone.

“People can join us for the full eight miles starting at Abergele and Pensarn Railway Station or at any point along the route. The no 12 bus runs regularly along the seafront and this might be helpful in meeting us along the way.

“We’ll be ending our walk by St Trillo’s Chapel and will be joined on the prom by the Bishop of St Asaph for a service of celebration and thanksgiving.”

St Trillo’s Chapel on Marine Drive in Rhos-on-Sea is thought to be the smallest church in the UK and dates from the 6th century.  Services are still held at the church, although it only seats six people.   The service of celebration and thanksgiving will take place outside and 500 cakes will be distributed to walkers afterwards.

Rekindling the Flame takes place on Saturday 3 June and you can join the walk at any point between Pensarn and Rhos on Sea:

  • 10am: Start opposite Abergele Railway Station, Pensarn
  • 11am: Pirate’s Locker
  • 12noon: Picnic lunch on the seafront at Llanddulas
  • 1.30pm: End of prom, Old Colwyn (after the hills!)
  • 2pm: Toad Hall Inn, Colwyn Bay
  • 2.30pm: Tourist Office, Rhos on Sea
  • 3pm: Service outside St Trillo’s Chapel.

For more information, please email aledMA1@outlook.com or call 01492 540002 / 07514 8798754.