The Cistercian Way is more than a long-distance path: it is a walk into the heart of Wales. Explore the great abbeys of the Cistercian order, the little churches of the Welsh hills, the amazing geology of the Pembrokeshire coast, Stone Age burial mounds, medieval castles and sheep-farms, picturesque landscaped gardens and the industrial heritage of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Walk along Roman roads, medieval pilgrimage routes and nineteenth-century canal towpaths. Let the route take you to friendly villages, remote mountains and spectacular coastlines.
This web site is very much ‘work in progress’ — as is the whole Cistercian Way project. We started in 1998 trying to work out a way that we could walk round Wales, linking all the Welsh Cistercian abbeys, medieval and modern. This was part of the celebrations of the 900th anniversary of the foundation of the Cistercian order. We worked on developing the route and walked it again in 2005.
On this website you will find an outline of the routes we took in 1998 and 2005, notes on improvements we have made since, lots of background information on the places we walked through. We used existing rights of way, footpaths and green lanes, and quiet side roads. This means that you can walk it for yourselves, using the Ordnance Survey maps of Wales.
There may be places where you have to improvise because we ran out of time and had to walk along the road. There may be places you want to visit that we didn't have time to go to, or things you know about the route that you would like to share.
We would like your input into the project. Tell us about the way you went, what you found, what you felt about it all — and let us know if we can put your ideas on the website.
If you wish to receive information about the progress of this project and/or would consider becoming a Friend of Cistercian Way Wales please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more