Our hike today along the Welsh Coastal Path began in the village of Aberdaron on the Lleyn peninsular where we are surrounded on three sides by the ocean. The path perched high above the rocky coastline is the route that ancient pilgrims and Saints traveled to visit Bardsey Island.
Before crossing they would drink from the well of St Mary, that sits on the rocky coastline and at high tide is covered over by the sea! The two mile crossing here to their final earthly home in a small craft would have been extremely dangerous due to the very strong tidal currents. It is estimated over the years that 20,000 Saints were buried on the island where St Cadfan established a monastery in 516AD. Steps were cut out of the granite to reach the cove and the well perched on the rocky cliffside.