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PERFORMANCE 3

"Pilgrimage"

You don't need to rush. You have all the time in the world.

You are in charge of how you experience Pathways. You can walk half the route and return to experience the rest on another day. You can walk a completely different path. You can choose the accessible option. You can listen from your garden or bedroom or greenhouse.

The performance has been crafted around a particular route in Cardiff, because that's where I walked through the story. But if you choose to experience it somewhere else, your own individual story walk will be personal to you.

However you experience Pathways, why not get in touch and let me know what happened, how it went, and what came to mind as you walked through story? You can get in touch with me here.

Below is the route I walked and links to downloading the third performance. 

This third story walk follows the route of an ancient pilgrimage trail. People make pilgrimages to seek knowledge and spiritual enlightenment, and pilgrimage trails that have been walked many, many times hold a special significance in the landscape. If you're not from Cardiff, you could walk this story somewhere that holds meaning for you.

*T/W: One of the stories included this time (the Wife of Bath's Tale from the Canterbury Tales) includes mention of sexual violence. It's not explicit but even so the guidance on this performance is 10+ as a result*

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Route & Options

Approx. 1 hour

Rough underfoot with some very boggy patches.  Wear sturdy footwear!

This route follows some of the second part of the Penrhys Pilgrimage Way. I recommend you download a full map of the route from here before you go. Look for blue and yellow signs (as above) to guide you.

Once you start at Pantawel Lane, the lane leads you across the M4 and then into woodland. It's pretty straightforward - keep following the lane until you come to a fork, and then take the left-hand path and you'll start to climb up onto the ridge above Cardiff. It isn't particularly steep, but it is very rough and muddy underfoot.  Wellies/walking boots and perhaps a walking stick to help steady you are recommended.

On this occasion, I haven't included instructions within the recording, or pinpointed a time for you to turn back. It's up to you when you want to trace your steps back. You could always keep walking along the rest of the route towards Creigiau, or circle back down Church Road and past De Courceys to make a loop back to Radyr. Or simply turn around and follow the route back the way you came, as you'll notice different things when journeying in the opposite direction!

Accessible Routes

The route above is suitable for most people with a good level of fitness and mobility. The sunken lane is very boggy and rough underfoot.

The Pilgrimage Way involves multiple different route options, which you can explore here, some of which are far more accessible. Part of section 1, that follows Radyr Court Road, should be fully wheelchair accessible. Or you could always walk the accessible route offered as part of the first Pathways performance, here, which takes in Llandaff Cathedral, the starting point for the Penrhys Pilgrimage Way.

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The Performance

Follow these links to listen to the performance of PILGRIMAGE / PERERINDOD or follow this link.

To listen to the performance on Spotify click here.

To listen on Apple Podcasts click here.