Walk to Basingwerk Abbey and St Winefride’s Well

It was a three mile walk taking in the imposing ruins of Basingwerk Abbey together with access to various sites of interest along the route to St Winefride’s Well for which there was a 60p entry charge.

We were able to visit some of our industrial past, seeing the machinery left behind. Wire works, clothing mills, pot and pan factory had all been built and were in use along the pathway long ago where we walked.  We did not know how industial the aera had been.

The Well dates from 660AD and became an important place of pilgrimage over the centuries. It has been known as the Lourdes of Wales and there are legends and myths about St Winefride.  You could see the ancient graffiti on the walls.  We did not go into the water, it was rather cold and we did not take out bathing suits with us!

The weather was great for walking and we all enjoyed the day.

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